HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTS
Maintaining a healthy mouth: Just like your natural teeth, the long-term health of your dental implants will depend on how well you look after them. The great thing about implants is you can care for them as you do for the rest of your teeth – with regular flossing and brushing. Our dentist will provide you with ongoing advice and implant maintenance tips during and after your surgery to help you better care for your dental implants.
Lifestyle choices: The durability of your implants will not only depend on the maintenance of your teeth, but also on your lifestyle choices as a whole. One of the main factors that can trigger problems with your dental implants (and overall oral hygiene) is smoking. This is something our dentist may take into consideration when assessing your eligibility for implants at your initial consult.
Maintaining optimal systemic health: The oral cavity is not mutually exclusive from the rest of your body. It is incorrect to think that if systemic health and general well-being is compromised that your oral health and dental implants are not affected. Your body works as a complete and whole system and you should care for your number one asset accordingly. If you want to maximise the health of your dental implant, make sure you stay healthy and look after yourself.
Regular visits to the dentist: Whilst much of the dental implant maintenance will be carried out by yourself at home, the longevity of your dental implants can be optimised with regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist. This should already be part of your oral health maintenance routine. Six monthly visits are highly recommended to assist with maintaining great oral hygiene and implant checks.
The remainder of the teeth still need routine dental checks and care that the regular dentist can offer for the long-term maintenance of other natural teeth. It is important that everyone attend every year for routine dental examination and annual or X-rays, depending on the patients age or decay risk group, to check for dental decay between teeth and to look for signs of bone loss from gum disease around both natural teeth and implants.
We now advise that an additional X-ray should be taken every 12 months by the regular dentist of the implant(s) to keep a close watch on the bone level around the implant threads. This will then act as an early warning system for any bone loss and if such bone loss is detected, corrective treatment can be initiated to ensure continued bone loss is avoided.