Maintaining your Dental Implants

Written by bfcdental on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 1:21 AM

Dental implants assure a permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but they need maintenance. It is the gums and surrounding tissue which is prone to decay not the dental implant and the dental crown covering the implant. So keep your gums and tissues healthy. Following the below mentioned tips can help you maintain dental implants well.

Maintaining dental Implants in the Rightful Manner
Following proper maintenance will ensure that your dental implants last a lifetime.
Natural teeth, rather than being fused to the bone, are attached by periodontal ligaments allowing natural tooth to have some movement. Dental implants are fused to the bone and do not allow any movement. Care needs to be taken that the dental implant does not loosen due to impact or infection, resulting in the failure of the implant.

What can harm a dental implant?
Habits such as clenching or grinding, chewing hard foods, including ice, and impact that occurs during contact sports can lead to premature loss of the dental implant. These risks should be avoided.

Prevent infection and inflammation
Regular removal of oral bacteria and plaque on a regular basis can prevent infections such as periodontal disease, leading to bone loss. This is not only important for natural teeth, but also critical for the long-term success of implant teeth.

Apart from these precautions maintaining overall health is also important. Health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes if not managed, can slow the healing process after the dental implant has been placed and increase the risk of periodontal
diseases.

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