Dental Guide: Keep Your Dental Implants In Top Shape With These Important Tips
By far the most functional and convenient replacement for lost natural teeth, dental implants are designed and manufactured to feel, look, and function like your natural teeth.
They let you be confident in your smile, chewing, and speech.
But dental implants are also the most expensive natural tooth replacement, and therefore it is crucial to do everything you can to keep them whole and functioning as long as you can.
At Warner Lakes Dental, we know exactly what you should do to ensure your dental implants could be a lifelong solution to missing teeth!
How To Take Care Of Your Dental Implants.
Cleaning implants is as important as cleaning natural teeth. Plaque collects on implant crowns and needs to be removed daily.
If plaque builds up an infection known as peri-implantitis (“peri” – around; implant “itis” – inflammation) can develop.
Different from inflammation around teeth, this reaction can grow quite quickly and dramatically, leading to bone loss around the affected implant. Bone loss can quickly cause the loss of an implant.
Your Warner dentist plays an important role in keeping your dental implants disease-free.
Dental hygiene scalers can scratch a crown, abutment, or implant, so your Warner dentist will instead use special devices made of plastics and resins to thoroughly clean without causing damage to the teeth.
Implant recipients play a significant role in the success of their restoration and must be driven to take care of the implants. Here’s how to provide optimal care at home.
For single implants
- Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Use low abrasive toothpaste. Your toothpaste or gel should be low abrasive so that no exposed elements of the implant are scratched. Avoid toothpaste or gel with sodium fluoride (APF >3.0), stannous fluoride, stain removers, baking soda, and smoker’s toothpastes.
- Brush around and under the implant crown
- Use nylon coated interdental brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas
- Floss with unwaxed tape or an implant-specific floss to protect the tissue surrounding the implant. In some cases, a floss threader or a specialised floss that has a built-in threader is required
- Use an oral irrigator recommended by your Warner Lakes Dental
For removable dentures anchored with implants
- Remove denture each day and soak in a denture cleaner.
- Inspect locator caps, O-rings, and clips and contact your dentist if they seem missing or worn
- Gently brush the bottom of the denture with a denture brush
- Rinse denture thoroughly with water before returning it to your mouth
- Talk to your dentist annually about replacing locator caps and O-rings
Implants are an extremely useful and successful dental procedure that doesn’t require a lot of time but do require slightly different cleaning techniques.
How you care for your implant at home is an important part of its success.
Dental Implant Care at Warner Lakes Dental
Part of caring for dental implants is regularly scheduled professional cleanings as recommended by your Warner Lakes Dental dentist.
Patients with dental implants usually need to increase their number of regular cleanings.
Occasional removal of the threaded screw-retained implant bridge, by a skilled professional, is recommended.
This gives us a chance to take a look at the surrounding area to be sure the gums and other teeth in the area are in good shape.
This allows us to inspect, clean, sanitise and the prosthesis. This may sound dramatic, but in fact, it is no more invasive than a routine appointment.
With sensible care, a dental implant or full set of implants can last for decades, restore your bite, provide a natural look, preserve the integrity of surrounding teeth and jaw bone, and be worry-free.
Your hygienist will take special precautions when cleaning, utilising both familiar techniques and gentle probing to assure that the implant is secure, aligned, and serving its purpose.
Cleaning dental implants, both the visible tooth and the portion below the gum, is important, but it should not be worrisome.
Scratching any area on the implant or crown makes it more likely that bacteria will adhere, thus increasing the likelihood of infection or other complications.
Traditional dental hygiene tools can scratch an implant, abutment, or crown. So, when cleaning your implants, we use specialised tools made of resins and plastics to completely clean them without damage.
Dental implants are often the best solution for replacing missing teeth and are simple to care for and maintain.
By practising regular oral hygiene habits (brushing & flossing), visiting Warner Lakes Dental regularly for check-ups and cleanings, and using special products when called for, your implants could last you a lifetime!
The Warner Lakes Dental Care Experience
Warner Lakes Dental makes your visit to the quickest and most convenient dental experience possible.
From parking to treatment, we make the entire process as comfortable and straightforward as possible.
From routine check-ups and cleans to dental implants, extractions, and cosmetic procedures; Warner Lakes Dental is your partner in dental health.
We want you and your loved one to enjoy life with a stunning smile and healthy mouth, teeth, and gums!
We provide high-quality affordable dental implants to the communities in Warner, Warner Lakes, Joyner, Whiteside, Cashmere, Albany Creek, Aspley, Bridgeman Downs, Strathpine, Brendale, Bray Park, Eatons Hill, Griffin, Lawnton, Petrie, Carseldine, Chermside, Stafford Heights, Hamilton, Indooroopilly, Toowong, New Farm, Fortitude Valley, West End, South Bank, Paddington, North Brisbane and Brisbane.
We also offer affordable dental implants for communities in Gympie, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sunny Bank Hills, Ipswich, Bribie Island and Buderim.
Single Tooth Dental Implants At An Affordable Price
Implant, Fixtures and Crown for only $3,500.
For more information about dental implants, call us on (07) 3448 0162 or visit us at Warner Lakes Medical Precinct, 1185B Old North Road in Warner.