A key concern for patients is how to protect their investment in their dental implants in Milton Keynes. Following the recommendations of our dentist is critical to achieve this objective. Many of these post-procedure recommendations are similar to those a patient is required to carry out when taking care of natural teeth, so patients need not fear having to make drastic changes when opting for dental implants in Milton Keynes.
Patients should not mistakenly believe that because tooth replacement implants do not decay that there is no risk involved. Implant failure or loss is a possibility if dental health is not properly looked after. It is useful to bear in mind that teeth replacements do not have the protection of gum tissue as provided to natural teeth, that secures bone and ligaments to root. The implant stem is secured directly to the bone which means there is greater vulnerability to harmful bacteria accumulating between gums and teeth, which may result in peri-implantitis. With gum health compromised, there is the concern that the bone quality will deteriorate and be unable to support the implant.
Seven at-home care tips to implement to avoid implant failure
Patients are urged to adhere to the following care tips to secure the results of their dental implants in Milton Keynes and their radiant smiles for longer.
- Proper oral hygiene is a non negotiable requirement
Maintaining a dentist-approved oral hygiene routine consistently is absolutely instrumental in conserving healthy implants. This means there is no avoiding scrupulous brushing (a regular soft-bristled toothbrush is best) or careful flossing between teeth. Our dentist can recommend appropriate brushing and flossing tools to help ease the challenge of keeping implants clean.
- Steer clear of harsh dental products including some toothpastes
Dental products formulated to address sensitivity may be a more sensible option to minimise any discomfort that may be felt.
- Desist from smoking
Patients who smoke are encouraged to give up the habit. Smoking is known to hinder the healing process and impact the health of gums. This is because the habit restricts the supply of blood to the gums and bone.
- Avoid alcohol
Consuming too much alcohol is another risk factor that affects the recovery process after the implantation procedure. It is best to speak to our dentist about any concerns over alcohol consumption and implant health.
- Be careful about diet and eating habits
There are certain foods that put implants at risk of damage or increase a patient’s discomfort. Patients should stay away from sticky and hard foods and consuming hot and cold foods in quick succession.
- Keep to recommended dental appointments
Regular dental check-up appointments present ideal opportunities for a patient to have their implants included in the oral exam. Not knowing the red flags to look out for, a patient cannot know for certain whether the implant is in good health.
- Seek treatment as soon as possible if there is swelling around the implant site
Signs of redness or inflammation may be due to an infection developing. Timely dental treatment is essential to avoid possible loss of any implant.
Have a concern regarding the health of your dental implant? Contact us at Northlight Dental to set up an appointment with our dentist.