Dental Implant Care: 10 Dental Implants Maintenance Tips

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore function. But, proper care is essential for keeping them healthy and functioning properly.

In this blog post, we’ll give you ten maintenance tips to keep your dental implants in top shape and your smile looking best as good as it can. Read on to learn more!

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option, giving you a beautiful, healthy smile. However, it is important to take good care of your dental implants to make them last for many years.
Here are 10 tips for how to care for your dental implants:

  1. Brush twice a day:
    Just like real teeth, dental implants need to be brushed twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Remember to use gentle circular brush strokes. Avoid scrubbing back and forth, which can irritate your gums. Also, use low-abrasive toothpaste to prevent damage.

  2. Floss daily:
    Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris from around the implant. Most dentists recommend water flossers or oral irrigators than dental floss. Water flossers can be particularly effective at rinsing away food particles in between the implant and the gum line. This can help prevent gum disease and peri-implantitis.

  3. Avoid hard and sticky foods: 
    In addition, beware of hard or sticky foods, such as ice. They can damage or fracture your dental implants. Stick to a soft food diet with foods that are easy to chew.

  4. Avoid abrasive toothpaste:
    Harsh toothpaste and whitening toothpaste can damage the prosthetic teeth your implants support. Stick to gentle, non-abrasive toothpaste that contains fluoride.

  5. Don’t use your teeth as tools:
    Your teeth are not meant to be used as tools for opening things or biting your nails. This can put extra strain on dental implants and cause them to loosen over time.

  6. Quit smoking:
    Smoking is bad for oral health, but it’s especially harmful to dental implants. If you smoke, it’s highly recommended to quit to reduce your risk of implant failure, gum disease, and other complications.

  7. Wear a mouthguard if you play sports or grind your teeth at night:
    A mouthguard can protect your dental implants from being damaged if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night. If you wear a mouthguard, remember to clean it regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

  8. Visit your dentist regularly:
    It’s important to visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and regular checkup. This will help confirm that your implants are healthy, free from any problems, and working according to the treatment plan.

  9. Watch out for gum disease:
    Gum disease is one of the most common complications associated with dental implants. So it’s important to be on the lookout for early signs of trouble, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding gums. Otherwise, you’ll be at a higher risk for dental implant failure.

  10. Seek treatment early if you develop an infection:
    If you develop an infection around a dental implant, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Your dentist can give you the right medications. Unmanaged infections can lead to serious complications, such as bone loss or gum tissue damage. Your dentist may recommend an antimicrobial mouth rinse after dental implant surgery.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

People with missing teeth prefer dental implants over other teeth replacement options because implants look and feel like natural teeth. They also have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care.

However, the average lifespan of a dental implant is about 10 to 15 years.

Several factors can affect how long dental implants last, including gum disease, trauma, and poor oral hygiene. Fortunately, you can help maximise the longevity of your dental implant lasts. Remember to practise good oral and dental hygiene, follow your dentist’s recommendations, and schedule regular dental visits.

Your dental implant can give you many years of trouble-free, attractive smiles with proper care.

Final Thoughts

After undergoing dental implant placement, you are probably eager to show off your beautiful smile. And while dental implants are a long-term investment in your oral health, they do require proper care.
Having a good oral care routine of brushing and flossing is important. You should also use a water flosser to clean around your dental implants and remove stuck food particles. Additionally, be careful with what you eat, as they can damage your teeth implants.

Finally, visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and cleanings.

If you have any questions about how to best take care of your dental implants, be sure to book an appointment through our website or call Peel Dental Studio today.

We would be happy to help you keep your new smile looking its best great!

FAQs

One of the biggest questions people have about dental implant treatment is how much they cost. The truth is that there is no simple answer to this question. The cost of dental implants varies depending on several factors.

These factors can include:

  • The number of teeth being replaced
  • The location and type of implants
  • The complexity of your procedure
  • The experience of the implant dentist.

Single-tooth implants are less expensive than multi-tooth implants, and porcelain implants are cheaper than ceramic ones. In general, patients can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 per implant.

However, in some cases, the cost may be even higher. As a result, it’s important to consult with a qualified implant dentist. This way, you can get an accurate estimate for your specific situation.

Those considered good candidates for dental implants are:

  • Those who are missing one or more teeth because of tooth loss due to tooth decay, trauma, and damaged or broken teeth
  • Patients in good general health
  • Those who have healthy gums and good dental health
  • Those with adequate bone density to support the implants; otherwise, a bone graft or sinus lift may be required
  • People willing to commit to a good oral hygiene routine, such as regular brushing and flossing, and scheduled dental visits
  • Non-smokers
  • Patients with no underlying health condition that can affect healing, such as diabetes
  • Those who do not have any active gum disease
  • Those who understand that invasive procedures carry the risk of complications

Dental implants are metal posts or frames surgically placed into your jawbone under your gums. Once in place, they provide a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Most dental implants are made of titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and produces few allergic reactions. Additionally, titanium implants fuse to bone over time, which makes them very stable.

Dental implants are made of three parts:

  • The titanium post, which is placed in your jawbone. This acts as your tooth root.
  • The abutment, which is a connector piece. This is used to join the implant to the replacement tooth.
  • The replacement tooth, which can be a dental crown, denture or bridge.

Dental implant surgery usually takes place in stages; each stage can take several months to complete. How long the entire process takes depends on how many implants are placed and whether you have any other dental problems, such as gum disease.

The first stage of implant surgery is known as placement. During this part of the surgical procedure, the titanium posts are placed in the jawbone. Once they are in place, the bone will begin to fuse to the metal. This bone healing process can take several months.

Once this has occurred, the second stage of dental implant surgery can take place. This is when the artificial teeth, or the implant crowns, are attached to the posts. The whole process usually takes between six and eight months from start to finish. But it can sometimes take longer.

If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to talk to your dentist about how long the entire procedure will take and whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental surgery.

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Peel Dental Studio

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.