Just like your teeth, it’s important that you take care of your dental implants to prevent infections or diseases.
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. It is a comfortable, natural-looking, long-term solution for missing teeth.
Like your natural teeth, a dental implant or bridge needs proper care in order for it to remain intact. Similar to your teeth, dental implants need to be brushed twice a day, flossed at least once a day, and check regularly by your dentist.
A few other supplies that can be used to care for your dental implant include:
- Antimicrobial mouthwashes
- Interdental brushes for removing plaque between the teeth on both sides of the implant.
- Tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation
Are Dental Implants Harder to Care for than Teeth?
If you are diligent about your dental care, as outlined above, your natural teeth and dental implants will benefit together. However, implants are not the same as natural teeth and if they are neglected, there are problems that can develop which are unique to implants, such as:
Mucositis, which is commonly known as implant gingivitis, is an easily reversible condition, much like gingivitis itself. The symptoms are the same, if you do not perform the daily proper care for your implant(s), mucositis can develop which can cause plaque build-up, swelling and receding gums and gums bleeding when agitated (brushed or flossed). Mucositis can be caught and reversed by proper cleaning and extra attention. With the supplies listed above, and if it is properly cared for, you can prevent future problems with your implant(s).
Peri-implantitis is when the bone begins to disintegrate and it appears if mucositis is not treated. If peri-implantitis is not treated, it will turn into an advanced bone loss and the implant will need to be removed.
At Dental Innovations, we specialize in dental implants and can help you ensure they are in perfect shape. As long as you are diligent at home, with your oral care, and you come in for your regular cleanings you should have no trouble with your dental implants at all. Call today for more information about implants or implant care.