If you have missing teeth, there are several treatments to consider to restore your smile. But despite so many options, there is one treatment that more patients are choosing over any other treatment. Due to their longevity and likelihood of success, dental implants are the most common choice to replace missing teeth or to provide support for dentures or dental bridges. Dental implants are a long-term investment and, with the right care and professional treatment, can last a lifetime. So, let’s uncover how to care for your dental implants to help them last longer.
How to help your dental implants last longer
Use a soft-bristled brush
You’ve just had your dental implant inserted. The next step is to update your toothbrush. When making your choice, take notice of the strength of its bristles. Soft-bristled brushes are highly recommended by dentists for people with dental implants as they are less likely to damage your gums or cause bleeding. If bleeding or damage to your gums occur, your dental implant is exposed to the bacteria within your mouth and therefore the risk of developing an infection is substantial.
Brush at least twice a day
Brush your teeth once in the morning to remove the bacteria buildup that formed in your mouth overnight, and then brush again in the evening to ensure the mouth is clean before you head to bed. By brushing your teeth twice every day, you’ll reduce the amount of time the bacteria from food has to sit around the gum near your dental implant. Without removing this bacteria, your dental implant risks infection and may result in peri-implantitis. Affecting the hard and soft tissue around your dental implant, this condition is an inflammatory response from your body and is often extremely painful.
Use a low-abrasive toothpaste
Stay clear of toothpastes with harsh ingredients such as stain-removing agents that have the potential to remove the glaze from your porcelain implant. Instead, look for a product that specifically caters to dental implants or ask your dentist for a recommendation.
Visit your dentist regularly
While maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and healthy lifestyle can play a major role in the longevity of your dental implant, visiting your dentist at least every six months is the only way to ensure your mouth is infection-free. If you’ve developed an infection, whether in the beginning or more serious stages, your dentist will guide you about the appropriate solution for your circumstances.
Contact Gosford Family Dentist
At Gosford Family Dentist, our professional dentists have years of experience helping patients to extend the life of their dental implants with regular check-ups and cleans.
Contact our friendly team at Gosford Family Dentist on 4325 3221 to discuss if dental implants are right for you, or enquire online.