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Maintenance and Care of Dental Implants

If you want your dental implant(s) to last a long time, there are some simple oral hygiene rules to follow.  Because dental implants function like natural teeth, they should be cared for the same way you care for your natural teeth. A regular regimen of brushing, flossing, check ups and cleanings at your dentist's office are the first steps in caring for your implants. It is also important to be vigilant of the types of foods that your eat - especially foods high in starch and sugar. These foods can cause a build up of acid laden bacteria which can cause gum disease. Proper maintenance of dental implants should become an important part of your daily routine. By developing good oral hygiene habits, you reduce the risk of having the implants fail. Remember, you have invested time, effort and money into having the implants placed and restored. To neglect them, may mean having to have the whole procedure repeated again.
Dental Implant treatments are carried out daily in thousands of dental offices, with predictable results; so patients should not view the placing of a dental implant as a 'daunting' process. After implant surgery, most patients are pleasantly surprised by how 'easy' the whole process was, with little or no discomfort. While dental implants are strong and can last for many years, they are not indestructible.
Once the dentist determines that the implant is firmly in place (Osseointegrated), the abutment and crown will be attached. You will regain the feeling of having a natural tooth back in place. Ceramic crowns are very strong these days - almost as strong as tooth enamel - but crowns can chip or break if enough force is applied. This is also true of dentures, if you have a bar-retained overdenture or hybrid appliance with a titanium frame. The acrylic denture material can fracture or break, but this can be easily remedied. You should never use your teeth as a tool, like a bottle opener, or for crunching hard candy or ice. Teeth are designed for chewing regular edible foods, and will last you a very long time if properly taken care of. As we tell our patients, "If you think your teeth aren't important, imagine trying to eat without them."

The New Dental Implant

Dr. Leigh will implant the titanium threaded screw directly into the bone. Depending on the type of implant treatment, you will have to go through a healing period (from 2 to 5 months), during which your jaw bone and gums are allowed to heal and grow around the implant. This 'healing' period (known as "Osseointegration") stabilizes the implant in the bone, and makes for a stronger foundation for the attachment of the abutment and crown.
You will be evaluated before your implant is placed, to ensure the best possible outcome for a successful implant. Your Dentist will set up a check-up schedule after the implant has been placed, to avoid possible complications that may arise, and to care for the implant(s).



Caring for Your Implant

The Leigh Smile Center Staff will provide you with written instructions on how to take care of your dental implants. Our Dental Hygienists are very experienced in the care and maintenance of dental implants, and are more than happy to provide you with the oral hygiene aids used for implant care. They will provide you with answers to any questions you may have. Below are some important points to remember:

  • 1. Let your Dentist know immediately if you are experiencing any problems with the new implant. Don't let a minor problem turn into a major one.
    2. Maintain the check-up schedule recommended by your Dentist, usually every 6-12 months for an examination and cleaning. Follow the instructions that are given after the implants have been placed.
    3. Drinking water is good for your general health, and is also a way to reduce the growth of bacteria after eating.
    4. Maintain good oral hygiene practices by brushing and flossing twice a day, or after eating. Remember to brush in the manner suggested by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. Brushing too hard, or with a tooth brush that is old or too stiff, can cause dental problems. In terms of the bristles, your tooth brush should always be a "soft" or "gentle" one. Hard or medium bristle brushes are too abrasive to gums and teeth. 
    5. AVOID SMOKING. Apart from smoking being a significant health risk, it is one of the major factors in the failure of dental implants.
    6. Try to cut back on foods and drinks that are high in sugar content. If this is difficult for you, at least brush after eating or drinking such foods.
    7. For removable prosthesis. Take it out of your mouth, and brush both the inside and outside of the appliance. Then brush softly around the gums and the abutments. Finally, use dental floss around the implant abutments.
    8. For a fixed prosthesis (stays in the mouth). Brush and floss as you would normally do with your natural teeth, or use a Water Pik appliance.
    9. Consider your implant(s) as an investment in your health and well-being.
    To learn more about caring for your dental implants, please contact the Leigh Smile Center today and begin enjoying all the many advantages of Dental Implant treatments.   
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