Maintaining Your Dental Implants

A macro shot of dental implant in the oral cavity (human mouth)

A macro shot of dental implant in the oral cavity (human mouth)

Maintaining your dental implants is very crucial in helping your implants last a long time.  It also helps prevent bacterial infections that can reverse the efforts that dental implants have been put in place to change. Dental implants utilizes your bone tissue and fuses with it in a process called osseointegration. This process is what makes dental implants superior to other teeth replacement methods. In order for dental implants to function properly, it requires a full jawbone and if taken care of will help restrengthen it to promote oral health. Bad oral hygiene can eventually lead to the loosening of the anchor of the implant and will cause the implant to fall out.

What Bad Oral Hygiene Can Do To Your Dental Implants

If plaque is allowed to build up on the surface of the dental implant, it will result in gum inflammation, a condition called peri-implantis, which will also attribute to a loss of bone in your jaw. If untreated, it can cause the loosening of your dental implant and will fall out.  In addition to your implant losing function, your oral health will decline and the bacterial disease will affect your surrounding teeth, causing more oral problems.

Caring for Your Implants

It is advised not to smoke because this can not only affect your implants aesthetically, but it will set you up for more risk of bacterial infections. To clean, brushing and flossing is greatly advised to help minimize the amount of plaque buildup and bacteria allowed to seep through. Antibacterial toothpaste is also a good idea in helping to remove bacteria even after brushing. In-office visits are also necessary to help prevent bacterial diseases such as mucositis and peri-implantitis. Layth will remove your abutment and crown, gently cleaning the implant to ensure that there is no residing plaque or bacteria than can cause bacterial disease.  Also, most times symptoms of these bacterial diseases are not easily detected and in order to halt any bacterial disease developing, regular checkups and cleanings are extremely important.

Contact Dr. Layth

Dental implants are an innovative procedure that provides many benefits for patients, however it is very important to protect your investment and maintain good oral hygiene.  Dental implants can only be successful if you apply the effort in keeping your oral anatomy healthy and strong. If you have any questions concerning dental implants, peri-implantitis, or would like to discuss your candidacy for getting dental implants, please contact Dr. Layth at Molson Park Dental Office in Barrie, Ontario Canada to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today! Dr. Layth will go over with you the multiple beneficial aspects of dental implants, caring for dental implants to ensure successful treatment, and if your oral anatomy is ideal for surgery.  We look forward to hearing from you.