Dental implants can restore a smile if you’ve lost one or more teeth. These permanent, comfortable, and natural-looking tooth replacements can last you for many years with proper care. For the most part, they do not require special care as compared to your natural teeth, although there are some steps you can take to keep them in good repair.
How to Care for my Dental Implants ?
One of the best ways to take care of your dental implants long term is to keep your gums healthy. Even if your implants remain in good repair, inflammation or infection in the gums can endanger them. Gum disease can cause the gum tissues to pull away from the root portion of the dental implants and can, if left untreated, cause the implants to become loose or even fall out. This side effect of gum disease can cause the same complications with your natural teeth.
To prevent gum disease, practice regular, thorough dental care, including brushing and flossing. Though your dental implants cannot decay, it’s still important to remove bacteria and plaque from their surfaces. The buildup of plaque on your implants can contribute to gum disease. Our dentist can help you determine other forms of care, such as flossing around the implants’ abutments. You might want to use a mouthwash to remove even more bacteria, or brush your tongue.
Visiting the Dentist for Additional Dental Care
After you receive your new dental implants, you should continue to visit our dentist on a regular basis. You might even need more frequent appointments, especially at first, to ensure your dental implants remain healthy and that the bond between the implant and the jawbone is secure.
Some signs that you might be having problems with gum disease or with your implants include:
- Bleeding of the gums when you brush or floss your teeth
- A red, purple, or shiny look to the gums
- Implants feel loose
A loose implant is a serious problem, and should be brought to the attention of our dentist immediately. By taking good care of your mouth and through diligent dental care, you can ensure your dental implants will remain secure.
Call Clinique Dentaire Dorval at 514 631 1457 and set up a consultation with our qualified dentists. Dr. Chatila is a certified member of the ICOI (International Congress of Implantologists) and has followed extensive training at the Misch International Implant Institute.