How to Make Your Dental Implants Last

How to Make Your Dental Implants Last

Aug 27, 2018

After spending a lot of money restoring your brilliant smile with dental implants, it’s necessary that you ensure they last you for a lifetime.

Without regular maintenance, implants are liable to fail. However, cleaning implants are easy, and there are available dental hygiene products that make it even easier. Implants do not develop cavities or decay, but the surrounding areas need to be kept clean to avoid inflammation and disease.

Dental Implants Care Tips

Follow these tips to prevent inflammation and infection:

  • Clean implants and abutments using a soft, angled toothbrush
  • Use a special floss or an interdental toothbrush to clean in-between teeth
  • Focus on the border between the implant and the gumline.
  • Use an oral irrigator or water pick to reduce biofilm.
  • Rinse with an anti-microbial, anti-plaque mouthwash.
  • Use a low-abrasive, tartar control toothpaste

Poor hygiene and cleaning will reduce the lifespan of your implants through plaque build-up. It’s time to see your, dentist if you notice bleeding, swelling or redness around the gums.

Dental Implants Cleaning & Examinations

You should book an appointment to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and check-up. These visits are made to check the health of the natural teeth, gums, and bone, and that there are no signs of bleeding, inflammation or looseness.

The gingival tissue around the implants are checked for calculus formation and cleaned with a Teflon or plastic device if any are found.

The dentist carefully checks the area around the soft tissues around the implants for any change in consistency, color, and shape. Also, there shouldn’t be any signs of bacterial infection, implant movement, or bone atrophy.

Finally, observing good oral hygiene and taking proper care of your smile combined with regular monitoring and cleaning by your dentist are critical to the longevity and success of your implants.

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