Dental implants have become a common procedure to replace missing teeth or to help hold a denture in place to increase its function and comfort. Not everyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants in Crown Point. To ensure the long life of an implant, some special techniques and efforts are required to keep the implant clean and free of plaque, which can cause infection in the tissues surrounding the implant and result in its ultimate failure.
Good oral hygiene is important before, during, and after placement of dental implants to ensure the health of the implant. Some of our patients are concerned about the level of maintenance their implants will require. Do they brush and floss their implants like regular teeth? Does food get underneath the fixed implant bridge or prosthesis? Today we’re answering these questions.
Once the healing is complete, the implant requires thorough and regular care. You will receive personalized instruction in the various techniques that are needed for your particular implant. It is important to follow these instructions and to use the best quality cleaning aids to assist in the process.
Your dentist and dental hygienist will also need to review your implant health on a consistent basis. A small number of implants can develop peri-implantitis, which is an infection of the tissues surrounding the implant. This is frequently the result of inadequate cleaning and the build-up of dental plaque. Regular check-ups of your dental implants in Crown Point will help avoid this infection and the possible failure of the implant.
Several types of cleaning aids are used for the dental implant and we can offer recommendations.
Any natural teeth you have must be cleaned thoroughly with a toothbrush with tapered bristles to reach beneath the gum line. Cleaning between the teeth should be accomplished with either interdental brushes or dental floss. Your dental implants need special care because the metal surface can easily be scratched which allows the surface to harbor harmful bacteria that could cause inflammation of the tissues around the implant. Metal objects such as pipe cleaners, safety pins, hard brushes, or paper clips may permanently scratch the dental implant, which then allows the implant to harbor bacteria and may cause infection of the tissues surrounding the implant. If the implant prosthesis is removable, it will also need to be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush.
Check ups for you dental implants in Crown Point will be approximately every three months depending on your individual circumstances. These visits are very important because we will check to make sure your home care is effective, and that there are no concerns with the implant. We ask patients to call us for an appointment if there is any sensitivity, bleeding, or mobility with their implant. With daily care, your dental implant can last a lifetime.
Despite some special cleaning care, implants are highly successful. In fact, studies indicate long-term success rates well over 95%. However, the prevention of peri-implant disease is fundamental to implant health, maintenance and function. And cleaning implants and their related components is an important part of success.
If you would like to know if you are a candidate for dental implants – or if you have questions about caring for your existing dental implants in Crown Point – don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment!