Dental Implant Maintenance – Your Wickford Dentist Explains

Taking care of your new dental implants.

With good reason, dental implants are starting to become people’s number one choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Although dentures offer a perfectly good cosmetic option, they do not resolve the underlying bone deterioration issue, and, for some patients, prove to be uncomfortable and inconvenient.

Although the treatment period for dental implants is longer, and the procedure more invasive, the long term benefits, both cosmetic and practical, of dental implants, is leading to them becoming the ‘go to’ option for tooth replacement.

Maintenance

The success rate for dental implant placement is very high indeed, and, at the Cygnet Dental Practice, we are pleased to be able to offer the services of an implant dentist who has many years of experience of successfully placing dental implants for his patients. The placement though is only the first part of your life with dental implants, and much of their success, in the following years, is down to the care that they receive from the patient to help keep them healthy and secure.

Our Wickford dental implant team offer the following advice to those who have recently had implants placed:

Diet

Immediately following the placement, avoid all foods that need to be chewed. We recommend that, for a short period of time, very soft foods such as soups and yoghurts should be consumed. This is both for the patient’s comfort and to avoid undue pressure being placed on the implants. Gradually, harder foods can be introduced into your diet although we advise you against rushing to this stage.

Cleaning

The implant dentist at the Cygnet Dental Practice will advise you of the best method of keeping your mouth clean and free from harmful bacteria in the days following the implant placement. Gradually, you will be able to brush your teeth in the same way that you have always done. We may also make recommendations as to how you can improve your cleaning regimen, such as the introduction of flossing.

Gum disease

One of the biggest threats to dental implants is gum disease. In its early stages, it can be easily treated, but, once it becomes advanced it will start to degrade the bone in the jaw into which the implant is placed. Should this weaken to a certain point, the implant may come loose. The good news is that this is easily avoided, and, providing that the teeth and gums are cleaned effectively and you continue with your regular oral health checks at our Wickford dental clinic, you should find that you get many trouble free years from your new dental implants.

We are always on hand to offer advice or help with any questions that you might have about modern methods for teeth replacement and we can be contacted by calling us on 01268 733078.