Caring for Your Dental Implants
The replacement of missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth as well as your quality of life. The most popular treatment option today is dental implants. This revolutionary treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for ceramic restorations. Your bone fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw and allows them to hold your dental restorations firmly and securely in place. At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we offer dental implants for many different tooth replacement needs. While dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss, taking care of them is crucial for ensuring their longevity and your oral health.
The Importance of Implant Care
Taking care of your implants is just as important as taking care of your natural teeth. The restorations, which are made from ceramic, may not develop decay or cavities, but they can still collect plaque and bacteria. The restorations can also chip and fracture just like natural teeth in the event of facial or dental trauma. Plaque and bacteria that have built up on the surfaces of your restorations lead to irritation of your gum tissue. Irritation leads to inflammation, and your gums begin to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth. Pockets form and bacteria fall inside. Bacteria begin attacking your jawbone, causing it to grow weak. When the bone becomes weak, the stability of your implant posts and your dental restorations becomes compromised and can result in implant failure.
Routine Care at Home
As the care of your natural teeth, the care of your dental implants starts at home. It is essential that you continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to help maintain the health of your mouth. Brush for two full minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Use gentle circular motions and be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and restorations. When you floss, work the floss gently back and forth between each tooth. Clean the sides of every tooth and remember to floss behind your very back teeth. Mouthwash can also be beneficial for removing any loose particles remaining in your mouth while also killing any lingering bacteria. Avoid biting and chewing on food and objects that are hard, such as popcorn kernels, ice, and pens. If you play sports, make sure that you always wear a mouth guard.
Regular Dental Visits
Along with your daily dental care at home, it is important to maintain regular dental visits every six months for professional cleanings and exams. Cleanings help you to maintain your oral health and prevent serious issues from occurring. We can remove all plaque, tartar, bacteria, and other debris from all surfaces of your natural teeth and your dental restorations. Exams are performed to spot signs of oral health issues in their earliest stages. In addition to spotting decay, cavities and gum disease, we can also spot issues with your implant restorations, such as wear and fractures. With exams, we can then provide you with the treatments you need to prevent more serious complications from arising.
If you have any questions or concerns about the proper care of your dental implants, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center today at (570) 323-1900 for more information.