Dental implants can offer a great solution for those looking to restore their missing teeth to a full, flawless smile! But, if you decide to invest in this cosmetic treatment, it’s vital that you are prepared to commit to a thorough and regular oral hygiene regime if you want to keep your new smile looking its best for years to come.
So here are our top oral care tips for your implants…
Cleaning Dental Implants
Keeping your dental implants clean and healthy differs from the process we have become familiar with for cleaning and maintaining our natural teeth. This is because the implants attach to the sounding bone and gums in a completely different way from natural teeth, and also the implants are made from synthetic materials rather than natural ones.
Cleaning around implants differs from maintenance of natural teeth for two reasons: The first is that each attaches to surrounding bone and gums in a very different way; secondly, the materials from which implants are made are very different from natural teeth.
But it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the cleaning process and keep to a regular cleaning schedule as your new implants depend on the tissue surrounding them being healthy and strong.
We all know that plaque (bacterial biofilm) can build up on our natural teeth. But did you know that it also collects on your dental implants? With this in mind, it’s important that you brush your teeth (including your implants) carefully at least twice each day and follow the maintenance regime recommended by your dentist.
If you don’t remove the build up of plaque, you will be at risk of developing an infection known as peri-implantitis which, if not treated, can quickly lead to the loss of the attachment between the implant and your bone, causing the implant to come out.
But you shouldn’t be alarmed, peri-implantitis is easy to avoid as it’s usually down to the patient’s failure to follow the recommended maintenance regimes – so make sure you stick to yours!
Dental Implants & Smoking
Smokers are more susceptible to these risks, so if you are considering implant treatment, now could be a great time to try and quit!
To keep your dental implants looking their very best, you should book regular sessions with your dental hygienist. They will advise you of the most effective maintenance techniques and also ensure that you are maintaining the implants in the best possible way.
Your dental hygienist will be key to keeping your implants infection-free and will be able to advise you on the best instruments and techniques for achieving the best possible results from professional cleaning.
The cleaning approach will vary depending on a number of factors, including whether the debris is soft or hard, where it is located, the type of surface on which it has accumulated, and how stubborn they are to remove!
Despite these unique cleaning issues, if they are maintained properly, dental implants have an impressive success rate – in fact, studies have shown long-term success rates of well over 95%.