What is dental implant maintenance?
Dental implant care is essential for their proper functioning. Implants that are not properly fixed like real teeth can lead to gum inflammation, infection or bone loss. Lack of proper care may also result in periodontal disease of the implants, known as peri-implantitis, where inflammation and infection occur around the implant.
Dental implant maintenance involves following a set of guidelines of care after you have had prostheses placed on dental the implant fittings. Maintenance begins on the day the final prosthesis is placed, with a check-up to ensure that the teeth in the upper and lower jaw are perfectly balanced so that there is no pressure on the implants with movements of the mouth.
Guidelines for good dental implant maintenance:
It is essential to see a dentist every year. The new implanted teeth will not get cavities, but the gum could become infected due to a build-up of plaque and tartar. Therefore, you should:
- Brush your teeth two to three times a day
- Floss daily
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwashes
- Have regular specialist check-ups and cleaning done
- Avoid smoking
What do the specialist check-ups involve?
It is essential that the specialist take regular X-rays to check that the bone level around the implants is adequate. They will also need to evaluate the condition of the tooth restorations around the implant to make sure they are secure and functioning properly.