Don’t let your new implants fail because of poor aftercare.
With dental implants now widely recognised to be the longest lasting and most secure way to replace a missing tooth, it is important that patients understand that, once placed, they still need to be looked after correctly.
Patient responsibility plays a large part in the success, or failure, of their dental implants.
Whilst the success rate of implant placement is high, and they are not difficult to look after, good aftercare is still important if you want your new replacement tooth to last you for a long time.
Post placement care
Once you have had your dental implant placed at the Cygnet Dental Practice, there will be a period of approximately three months where special care and attention does need to be taken of your new implant. These three months are when the bone and implant bond together; an essential part of this treatment. You should take care of what you eat during this time and foods should initially be in liquid form, such as liquid soups etc, i.e. food that requires no chewing at all. This will help the initial healing and you may gradually move on to foods such as mashed potatoes and well cooked pasta. Always try to avoid using the new implant to bite down on any food.
Alcohol consumption should be curtailed and smoking stopped altogether during this period. Both of these lifestyle choices can slow down the healing process and also lead to an increased risk of infections that may threaten the implant. You will need to keep the implant clean, and your local Wickford implant dentists will give you full instructions on how best to do this. You will not be able to brush round the implant area immediately, but tipping a warm saline solution around the area will help to keep it clean.
Long term care
Once your implant has fully bonded and the dental crown attached, you are free to use your dental implant as you would a natural tooth. Despite the fact that both the replacement root and the tooth are now made from artificial materials, they still need to be kept clean. Both periodontitis and peri-implantitis are risks to dental implants but the risk can be minimised with a little care and ongoing professional supervision.
All you need to do to help maintain healthy dental implants is:
- Brush regularly and effectively around the replacement tooth
- Floss regularly to remove bacteria from the gum line. This will help to keep the risk of periodontitis and peri-implantitis to a minimum.
- Visit our Wickford dental practice regularly to see both the dentist and hygienist
All it takes is a little care and attention and there is every reason to believe that your dental implants will remain strong, secure and healthy for many years to come.
To arrange your free implant consultation at the Cygnet Dental Practice, please call us on 01268 733078.