Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss by replacing the root parts of the teeth, supporting a single crown, a bridge, or a denture on top. To ensure that you keep enjoying all the benefits dental implants bring to your oral health and your general wellbeing, you need to make sure you take care of them.
Just like natural teeth, dental implants require prudent dental hygiene. A condition similar to advanced gum disease, peri-implantitis, can put the longevity of implants at risk. Like gum disease it is caused by bacterial infection, and can start to destroy the bone that has grown around the implants.
Also like gum disease, peri-implantitis is always preceded by a less severe condition, which responds well to treatment if caught early. Warning signs include gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, or which appear red and swollen. This should always prompt an immediate visit to your dentist.
Edinburgh Dental Specialists offers a full range of dental implants treatments to replace anything from one to all of the natural teeth. After implant placement, patients will be provided with full aftercare instructions, which should be followed carefully.
It’s not hard to clean implants and the restorations attached to them. A visit to the dental hygienist can help to ensure that you develop an effective cleaning regime at home. You should also continue to visit your hygienist on a regular basis to make sure that plaque isn’t allowed to build up.
Bridgework and crowns attached to dental implants are supposed to stay in your mouth at all times. This means you need to brush them at least twice a day in a similar fashion to natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures may be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures again should be cleaned in the same way as natural teeth, whilst dentures should be taken out for cleaning at least twice a day. Be sure to clean them over a sink of water or a soft surface, so that if they slip out of your hands they will not be broken or damaged.