If you have a dental implant or plan to get one in the future, it is vital to learn how to take proper care of them. Proper oral hygiene at home and professional dental care are essential to protect your smile and investment for your lifetime.
What Is A Dental Implant?
An implant is a popular tooth replacement option which looks and feels like having a natural tooth in your mouth. The dental implant is made of a metal post that is bio-compatible with your body. This post is secured into the jawbone to provide maximum strength when eating and chewing. Once the post is placed, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. As well, dental bridges or complete dentures can be attached to dental implants.
Caring for Dental Implants
Removing dental plaque from under the gums and teeth is vital to maintaining proper oral hygiene. Failure to remove dental plaque effectively leads to gum disease and later, the breakdown of bone in the mouth. When bone in the mouth is damaged or destroyed, the dental implant will no longer maintain a secure fit. Dental implant loss will occur when too much bone is lost in the mouth. It is important to note that dental implants will not develop dental cavities since it is not made of enamel or dentin.
Inflammation Of Dental Implants
Peri-implant mucositis is inflammation that affects the gum tissues surrounding the dental implants. This condition does not involve breakdown or damage of the bone in the mouth. However, if this condition is not reversed, it will progress to peri-implantitis that may lead to implant loss. Peri-implantitis is inflammation that destroys gum and bone tissue in the mouth.
If you notice swelling, bleeding or discomfort around the dental implant, you should see your dentist soon to have the area assessed.
Caring For Dental implants
Ensure that you sure a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing. Avoid toothpaste that includes harsh abrasives. Abrasives are commonly found in whitening toothpaste. Always use toothpaste that is recommended by your local dental association.
Be sure to floss once or twice daily to reach the areas that your toothbrush cannot to effectively remove plaque.
Remember to follow your dental professional's recommendation when it comes to your professional dental hygiene cleaning appointments. These visits help your dental professional to monitor and provide preventive treatment.
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