Dental Implant Longevity
Having invested in a dental implant it is imperative that you put in place some key steps to ensure your dental implant’s longevity. We will always advise that your dental implant will last for at least 10 years, but we have known cases where they have lasted over 30 years when properly cared for.
If you have ineffective oral hygiene procedures plaque can build up around your dental implant causing bleeding gums, gum disease and in the long term if left this can cause your dental implant to fail. Proper maintenance can therefore save you time, money and prevent discomfort in the long run.
When you complete your treatment the team at College Dental Surgeries will go through all the necessary aftercare instructions, but as a reminder here are our 5 key steps to ensure you dental implant lasts as long as possible.
1. Brush with a soft toothbrush
We recommend brushing twice daily, using a soft nylon toothbrush. You may use a manual or electric toothbrush, but make sure the bristles are soft and pliable, to gently clean the surface of your crowns and dental implants.
2. Floss daily
There are many types of dental floss on the market, and several types are designed specifically for individuals with dental implants. Flossing daily is important to prevent accumulation of plaque around the site of each dental implant. You may also use a nylon-coated interdental brush to clean crevices between teeth, and around otherwise hard-to-reach areas.
3. Minimise the risk of dental trauma
Dental trauma refers to tooth damage caused by knocks to the mouth. As dental implants are marginally more fragile than natural teeth, it is important to try to avoid having such trauma to them. Consider wearing a mouth guard for contact sports in order to mitigate the risk of breaking your dental implant. This is particularly important if one of your front teeth has been replaced.
4. Manage tooth grinding
Grinding your teeth wears your teeth down, and is a major cause of teeth becoming chipped or cracked over time. As most tooth grinding occurs at night, you may not even be aware of the damage it is doing to your teeth—and dental implants are even more susceptible to this kind of damage. The best way to protect your teeth from damage due to tooth grinding is to wear a nightguard. This appliance is small and discrete, but highly effective at reducing grinding and eliminating the damage to your teeth caused by it.
5. Attend for regular dental appointments
With or without dental implants, if you expect to keep your smile looking shiny and bright, you have to see your dental care professional regularly. This is particularly vital for ensuring dental implant success. If you become aware of any problems, such as unexpected pain, bad breath or bleeding, it could signal a larger problem. If you experience any of these please consult your dentist immediately.