If you have opted for dental implants then we are sure you’ll be pleased with the results, but treatment does not stop there, as it is vital to take care of your dental implants, and to make sure they are regularly maintained. This can come as something of a surprise to many people who mistakenly believe that dental implants require no special care as they are artificial.
In fact the opposite is true, and even though the implant post is made from inert titanium it’s still inserted into living bone. As such it does require regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure no problems are developing that could affect the implant, the crown or the surrounding bone and gum tissue.
Keeping your Dental Implant Free from Plaque and Calculus
This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to visit Midtown Dentistry at regular intervals. We will be checking to see if there is any plaque or calculus on your implant, and will also be assessing the health of the gum tissue surrounding the implant. It’s quite possible for a condition called peri-implantitis to develop. This is a condition similar to gum disease, and it does require prompt treatment to try to save the dental implant. It helps enormously to have regular hygiene treatments as these will ensure the implant is kept free from plaque and calculus that could otherwise irritate and inflame the gum tissue.
We Can Show You How to Look after Your Implant at Home
We will want to take regular dental x-rays to evaluate the health of the bone, and will also be evaluating the fit of the crown or prosthesis. Our hygienists will make sure you know exactly how to care for your dental implants, and how best to keep them free from plaque and calculus. There are lots of different products on the market such as interdental brushes, water flossers and different types of dental flosses which can all help keep these areas free from plaque. Our dental team will discuss which method might be best for you, and you might want to try out a few different products before deciding on which feels most comfortable to use.
Dental Implant Maintenance for Implant Retained Dentures
Regular dental implant maintenance is just as important for implant retained dentures. It’s still possible for the gum tissue around the implants to become inflamed and infected, and it’s important to make sure you brush and floss thoroughly around each implant. You need to pay particular attention to cleaning the implant attachments in your denture to keep them free from plaque and to ensure they remain fresh. Our dentists will check the condition of the implant attachments in your denture at each visit, as some of the components may need renewing at regular intervals.