People with missing teeth are often conscious about their smiles. They may also have trouble chewing their food and experience frequent pain in their gums. Some patients prefer to forego any treatment altogether and adjust to a lifestyle with missing teeth. Dentists, however, recommend otherwise.
Why Should You Get Dental Implants?
For many years, dentures and bridges were the only remedies for missing teeth. Today, dental implants offer a popular alternative. They are artificial roots that are fixed in your jaw, making it easier to plant artificial teeth firmly. The roots are made of titanium, a high-quality material that is biocompatible with your mouth.
With dental implants, you can speak and eat without worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out. Implants fit securely, giving the patient confidence in his or her everyday life.
Dental implants are discreet, safe and natural-looking treatments. The success rate of our procedures is about 98%. If properly cared for, our dental implants should last a lifetime.
How Do Dental Hygienists Help Maintain Your Dental Implants?
Prevention of infections is fundamental to implant maintenance, function and overall health. Keeping their smooth texture is critical as a scratched surface may attract and harbour bacteria. Your dental hygienist plays an important role in keeping your dental implants infection-free by selecting and using the correct cleaning instruments. Tools include plastic scalers or curettes to maintain the polished surface of your crowns. Some hygienists polish implants using high-frequency vibration from ultrasonic instruments to minimise damage.
How Do You Care for Your Dental Implants at Home?
Oral hygiene is necessary for long-term durability of your dental implants. Cleaning your dental implants is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth, and sometimes, even more so.
After your treatment, your dental implants can easily be cleaned at home. Bacterial biofilm, or plaque, collect on your implant crowns the same way it does on your own teeth. To keep your dental implants clean, the most basic task is to brush them on a twice-daily basis.
Flossing is just as important. Before the treatment, dental flossing might have seemed an optional task before bed. When you have dental implants, however, dentists recommend that you floss regularly. Dental flosses are available that are designed to clean and protect the tissue surrounding your implants.
Oral irrigators and water flossers are another dental implant care tool that you can use at home. Dentists instruct patients to use them once or twice daily. If your gums inflame, add a diluted non-alcohol antimicrobial rinse to kill off the infection.
Having the right gear and techniques for oral hygiene is important, but not enough. The most important aspect of looking after your dental implant is consistency. Have the will to regularly clean your teeth. Your new teeth will thank you later.
Are Dental Implants Cost-Effective?
Indeed, they are. Dental implants require little maintenance. After the dental procedure, all you’ll need to do is to look after them. Routine care, both professionally and at home, will ensure your dental implants’ longevity.
Why Monkmoor Dental Practice?
Our team of dental practitioners are committed to restoring your smile. If you’re ready for your dental implant procedure, contact Monkmoor Dental Practice and set an appointment with us today.