14 Dec Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
Dental implants offer the next best thing to getting your own teeth back. When tooth loss occurs, whether it is due to trauma, decay or dental disease, turning back the clock to the time before this loss happened would be wished by many.
Unfortunately, since going back in time is not an option, the next best thing to get back the appearance and functionality of a full set of teeth is with implants.
A dental implant is a small device that is made from titanium, a metal with properties designed to allow it to fuse to bone acting much like the root of a natural tooth. During the healing process of approximately four to six months, the patient will need to keep the implant area clean and bacteria free. This is a critical time for the implant process as the majority of implant failures is due to infection.
Once the healing process is completed, the implant dentist will have a final restoration fabricated that will match the color and contour of surrounding teeth, making the dental implant virtually undetectable. [pullquote]Once the healing process is completed, the implant dentist will have a final restoration fabricated that will match the color and contour of surrounding teeth, making the dental implant virtually undetectable.[/pullquote]
Once the crown or bridge that is to cover the implant has been permanently cemented into place, care of the dental implant relies on the execution of dental hygiene instructions that have been given by your dental provider.
- Daily flossing – this is to keep plaque build-up contained and to keep gum tissue stimulated
- Brushing at least twice per day with tooth paste or gel
- Rinsing with a recommended anti-bacterial rinse – this may not always be required
Tobacco use should have been discontinued prior to getting the dental implant, but if not, smoking could jeopardize the success of a dental implant as well as any tobacco use.
Your new dental implant is designed to act like the tooth or teeth it replaces. This means there are no special or magical treatments available to keep it healthy, but common sense care is important.
Eat a healthy diet; get adequate rest; drink plenty of water (there is an added bonus in tap water in the form of fluoride); exercise most days. These are considerations that should be given to your new implant and the rest of your natural teeth, along with daily hygiene care and seeing your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and dental exam.