How best to care for my dental implant?

How best to care for my dental implant?

A dental implant is a special titanium post (in some case white dental implant made of zirconia) that is positioned into the jawbone through surgical procedure. The implant is usually placed beneath the gum line.

Once healed, the implant dentist can mount a replacement tooth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t need to be removed like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, hence no teeth cutting is needed like bridges.

London dental implant cost can be sizable and if you are considering such treatment, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, you may require a procedure called bone graft / gum graft. Or if there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw, you may require a sinus lift procedure to facilitate implant placement.

The outcome of most dental implants treatments is successful.

Our patients love them, and they report a life transformation by having a new fixed teeth and a new smile. However, with such delicate implant procedure and with dental implant cost in mind, you will need to consider how best to provide the needed care dental implant.  

Dental hygiene tips to care for your dental implant:

1- Practice good oral hygiene habits:  brush twice and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes like TePe brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around and under your implant restoration.

2- Do not ignore your routine dental check-ups: remember to visits your dental implant specialist dentist and the hygienist regularly – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way. Some patients may require more frequent visits for professional teeth cleaning and implant cleaning 

3- Smoking – smoking is a big NO-NO: indded, smoking effect is bad on the gum and the supporting bone and can contribute to implant failure. The use of vap is still controversial with no adequate evidence at present to assess their effect on the implants.

4- Use a bite-guard: some patients have a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth. This usually put lots of pressure on the implant and restoration and may result in a break. Regular use of a mouth guard would help protecting the implant and teeth 

5- Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.

The above recommendations are simple steps to apply and can help maintain your tooth implant for many years of service.

Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us

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