Dental Implants Aftercare
Dental implants are by far the preferred solution to missing teeth, with today’s dentists favoring them over dental bridges and dentures. In fact, dental implants are the only solution that will work for you every bit as well as your natural teeth, and be indistinguishable in terms of appearance. If you practice good dental implants aftercare, there is no reason why your dental implants should not last you the rest of your life.
Good oral hygiene is every bit as important in caring for your dental implants as it is in caring for your natural teeth. You still have to make sure that you remove bacteria and plaque every day, because even though your implants and the crowns that they support are never going to decay, you are still vulnerable to gum disease. Dental implants aftercare should include cleaning the spaces between your teeth using an interdental brush. You should also use an antibacterial toothpaste, because it will actually continue to kill bacteria after you brush.
If you fail to brush effectively, bacteria can multiply on the surface of the implant to the point where your gums develop a painful inflammation known as mucositis. If you do not get treatment for this condition, you could end up with peri-implantitis, which is an inflammation in the bone structure around your implants. If this condition is not treated, bone loss can occur, and your implants could fail. It may also be impossible to replace the implant without bone grafting, and in some cases it may not be possible to replace the implant at all.
When you think of the investment you have made in your dental implants, not just in terms of money, but also in terms of the time it took for your jaw to heal so that your crowns could be installed, it only makes sense to practice proper dental implants aftercare. It will prevent the complications that could cause your implants to fail.
Do you have questions about dental implants or dental implants aftercare? We have the answers at KC Smile. Call us at 913-491-6874, or use the form on our Contact Us page. Our dentist office is located at 12850 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 200, Overland Park, KS 66213. To learn more about dental implants, read our dental implants FAQs, the benefits of dental implants, and an overview of the procedure.