How Do I Care for Dental Implants After I Get Them?

How Do I Care for Dental Implants After I Get Them?

Dental implants improve the quality of life for virtually everyone. Implants offer a great many advantages over other type of fixed bridges or dentures. An implant is independent of adjacent teeth when only one tooth is being replaced and the adjoining teeth, often in good health, can be left alone. Implants definitely improve chewing comfort and function along with enhanced smile aesthetics. Once you have them, even though problems are quite rare, no one wants to lose their “shot” at long-term success!

How important is proper care and maintenance for dental implants?  

Anything made by humans that needs to function, or work, needs periodic maintenance. It needs to be checked by trained people who know what to look for, to make sure that functioning “machine” doesn’t have problems. This also applies to your implant-anchored teeth. True, they’re not subject to many of the same problems that the teeth they replaced had, but nevertheless, they need to be cared-for, by both you and your dental professional. Over time, all of us age. With advancing age comes a decrease in our ability to see sharply, especially at distances near to our eyes. Also, our manual dexterity isn’t what it used to be, especially if we have some arthritic changes. The maintenance of your implant teeth deserve attention by you, to the best of your ability, and your dentist, who can “head-off” problems with the gum tissue or bone around the implants. Yes, those problems are rare, but the do occasionally occur. People love their solid implant teeth, and never want to have any problems with them, so visit your dentist as often as they recommend, as well as your implant surgeon who will monitor those implants in an ongoing basis, for years.

If you already have dental implants, how would you do maintenance assessment?

It is very important to acquire good daily oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing to control plaque formation around the implant. Because dental implants don’t ever get cavities or need root canals doesn’t mean that after you have your last visit you are forever freed from follow-up visits. You should return to your dentist and dental hygienist at recommended intervals so that the wonderfully-enhanced capabilities of your dental implants and enhanced smile will stay with you. They use special instruments to clean dental implants without damaging important surfaces. This periodic precise cleaning is not possible at home. It is important to see your dentist to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the implant with jaw bone is stable, and that the implant teeth continue working efficiently.

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