Dental implants are an excellent choice when it comes to replacing your missing teeth and restoring the natural beauty of your smile. Dental implants can be a permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but they are not maintenance free. While the dental implant itself and the dental crown covering the implant are not susceptible to decay, the gums and surrounding tissue must be kept healthy.
The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene
We will discuss good oral hygiene thoroughly before you leave the our office. It is essential for you to brush and floss regularly so that you can remove bacteria and prevent bio-film from building up. If bio-film is not removed, then it can lead to peri-implantitis. You will need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste in order to clean your teeth. Use floss at least once a day.
Infection is an enemy to both your natural teeth and dental implants. An infection can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Your implants cannot decay, but if you develop peri-implantitis, then the implant may loosen. Peri-implantitis can also cause bone loss around the implant.
Maintain Regular Dental Cleanings
Even if you take good care of your dental implants, you will still need to have regular cleanings. Your dental hygienist will use special tools to clean around your implants and reach areas that you may not be able to get with your toothbrush.
Dental Implants Can Last A Lifetime
One of the reasons that dental implants are preferred over other restoration options is because they can potentially last a very long time. In fact, dental implants have over a 98 percent success rate. However, the key to keeping your dental implants a long time is to take good care of them.