If you have suffered tooth loss and chosen to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you will want to ensure that they stay with you for life. It’s not difficult to care for dental implants nor the new teeth attached to them – all you have to do is practise good oral hygiene.
Capital Dental in Twickenham offers a wide range of implant-based solutions suitable for the vast majority of cases of tooth loss. After dental implants have been placed and restored with new teeth, regular maintenance appointments will be required to monitor their condition and flag up any potential problems at the earliest stage. You will also need to visit the hygienist regularly.
As with natural teeth, implants and tooth restorations will suffer if your dental hygiene isn’t up to scratch. A serious condition called peri-implantitis, which is similar to advanced periodontal disease, can develop if teeth are not kept scrupulously clean.
Cleaning implants and the teeth attached to them is not complicated. If a crown or a bridge has been used to restore your smile, these are designed to remain permanently in your mouth – like new natural teeth. Tooth brushing techniques need to be effective, and the dental hygienist can provide useful tips and tricks as to how to get the most out of your cleaning routine.
Implant-retained dentures can be permanently attached, or can be removable. In the latter case, they should be taken out and cleaned in the same way as traditional dentures. Be sure to clean them over a folded towel, bowl or sink of water or other soft surface, because they can be broken or damaged if dropped.
It’s also important to remember to clean your gums and tongue at the same time as your dentures, because bacteria can gather there, too, leading to potential problems such as infection or bad breath.
Your new teeth will be both strong and durable, but as with natural teeth, they should never be used for anything other than biting and chewing food. Opening bottles with your mouth or chewing pens or pencils can result in broken teeth, requiring extensive restoration.