How to Maintain Implants
At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we provide dental implants as a way to replace your missing teeth and restore the health, functions, and aesthetics to your mouth. While relatively recent addition to your tooth replacement options, implants have quickly become the preferred choice. They consist of small titanium rods, which we surgically implant into your jawbone. The bone fuses to the titanium as you heal, and the rods essentially become roots that provide support for your replacement teeth. Implants provide numerous benefits. One of the greatest benefits, however, is that implants work to preserve the strength and integrity of your jaw, putting a stop to, and preventing, the bone loss that typically follows tooth loss. For them to do their job effectively, your implants must be properly maintained.
The Importance of Implant Maintenance
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. However, just because the ceramic crowns are not your natural teeth, that does not mean that they should be ignored. While ceramic cannot experience decay, it can still collect plaque and bacteria, both of which occur naturally in the mouth. An overabundance of plaque and bacteria can contribute to decay of any remaining natural teeth. It can also lead to gum disease. Even if all of your teeth have been replaced by dental implants, gum disease is still a serious issue. Oral bacteria that sneak below the gum line attack the jawbone that holds your implants in place. If the bone becomes too weak, the implants may fail.
Taking Care of Implants at Home
Good oral hygiene starts at home. It is important to maintain a good routine. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. Brushing should last for at least two minutes every time, and you should make certain that you cover every surface of your teeth. When you floss, be sure to go between every tooth, including behind the very back teeth. Avoid brushing too hard or snapping floss against your gums, as these acts can irritate your gum tissue and increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Professional Oral Care
Along with daily maintenance at home, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year, even if all of your teeth have been replaced. Your dental implants can be professionally cleaned just like your natural teeth. During your examination, your gums are checked for signs of infection. Any natural teeth are checked for chips, cracks or decay. Even your implants are examined. They are looked over for any signs of damage. In the event of damage, the implants may then need to be unscrewed and removed to perform necessary repairs. These visits are an integral part of maintaining a healthy mouth, and ensuring that your dental implants remain strong, beautiful, and fully functional.
By properly maintaining your dental implants, you work to ensure that they remain strong, stable and fully functional. Proper care is also essential for overall good oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about implant maintenance, contact Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.
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