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Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
June 5, 2024

Model of dental implant with toothbrush and floss

Dental implants have transformed restorative dentistry by providing a durable, natural-looking solution for missing teeth.

But, just as with any dental procedure, it is important to consult with your dentist about your lifestyle and habits and discuss how your new implants will integrate into your life. And, once you’ve decided on this transformative dental investment, you might wonder if dental implants need particular care to maintain their look and functionality.

Dental Implant Details

Dental implants begin with compact titanium rods that are embedded surgically into the jawbone, establishing a base for artificial teeth that mimic the appearance, feel, and performance of your own teeth.

To fully appreciate the care requirements of dental implants, it helps to know their structure, which consists of three primary components:

The Implant Post

This is the titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. Over time, the jawbone fuses with the implant through a process called osseointegration, providing a solid base for the prosthetic tooth.

The Abutment

Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant post. This component acts as a link between the implant and the prosthetic tooth.

The Prosthetic Tooth

The final component is the prosthetic. This visible portion of the implant is custom-created to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, this could be a crown, bridge, or full denture.

After the base of your implant placed, you may be fitted with a temporary crown. You may receive special instructions on care during that time. This may include avoiding chewing in that area of the mouth and making sure that any tooth-grinding issues are being treated with a mouthguard.

Once your implant has healed and your permanent prosthetic is fabricated, the final step is to complete your procedure by placing your permanent crown, bridge, or dentures.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Getting one or more dental implants can be an extensive dental procedure. Given the significant investment required, you will want to make sure you do everything you can to guarantee the success of your implant.

Fortunately, dental implants do not require any special care beyond what is recommended for natural teeth. However, you should adhere strictly to these practices to prolong the life of your implants and avoid complications. Here’s how to care for them:

Brush Twice Daily

Clean your teeth, including your implants, twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Focus particularly on the gum line to prevent bacterial accumulation and inflammation.

Floss Daily

Flossing is essential for implants, just as it is for natural teeth. Utilize unwaxed floss to clean around your teeth and the implant bases. If traditional flossing is challenging, consider using an interdental brush or a water flosser.

Rinse with an Antibacterial Mouthwash

Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily routine can help minimize plaque buildup and maintain the health of your implants and surrounding gums, plus it is safe for implants.

Avoid Damaging Habits

Although dental implants are highly durable, just like natural teeth, they can be damaged by certain habits. Refrain from chewing hard items like ice or pen caps, and if you grind your teeth while sleeping, wearing a mouthguard can protect your implants from excessive force.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Similar to natural teeth, regular dental visits are necessary to keep your implants in optimal condition. We will inspect your implants to ensure they are secure and monitor for any signs of complications such as peri-implantitis, a condition that can lead to implant failure if untreated.

If you are contemplating dental implants or have recently undergone implant surgery, our skilled dental team is ready to assist you through every phase. Contact us today to set an appointment and discover more about how dental implants can enhance your oral health and life quality.


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