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How to get the most from your dental implants

Monday, March 05, 2018 Chris Wood

Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to an accident, infection or tooth decay, a dental implant offers a state of the art solution that looks and feels natural. Now a standard method of tooth replacement, dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth and can last for decades if properly taken care of.

image of well cared for teeth

How do you take care of them?

Once the final implant tooth has been fitted, dental implants should be cared for in the same way as your normal teeth. Brushing twice a day and daily flossing will get rid of bacteria and plaque and help prevent problems developing.

Depending on your situation, it may be recommended that you use special interdental brushes to clean in between implant teeth, as some implant types are easier to clean than others. For example, a single implant near the front of your mouth will likely be easier to keep clean than a dental bridge towards the back. Our expert clinicians will guide you through the procedure process and ensure you know all you need to about implant aftercare.

Are there any limitations?

One of the major benefits of dental implants is that they can be treated the same as your natural teeth once they’ve healed, and none of the disadvantages of alternative methods of tooth replacement apply, such as having to put up with uncomfortable dentures. One limitation is that the quality of the dental implant can vary depending on the professional who carries out the procedure, so it’s important to choose an expert dentist with plenty of experience placing dental implants.

Do they need regular maintenance?

To ensure they’re kept in good condition, your dental implants should be examined with an x-ray annually. You should also continue to visit the dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning as you would with your regular teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

If your dental implants are cared for as advised by your dentist, and the bone they’re attached to is healthy, you can expect the titanium post that’s placed in the jaw bone to last for many years, although the crown may need replacing due to ordinary wear.

Chris Wood Dental Implant Solutions offers a range of implant options depending on your circumstances. Contact us to book your free consultation and find out how dental implants could benefit you.