Having an implanted tooth is becoming more common, as the idea of cosmetically improving ourselves becomes more widely accepted. The fitting of a prosthetic is fast, relatively non-invasive, and will leave you with a natural looking smile.
After the surgery, however, there is a chance that complications that can occur if your hygiene regime isn’t up to scratch. But we’ve provided a brief summary of how to keep your implants nice and clean.
What are implants?
For those that aren’t familiar with this treatment, here’s a short introduction. The implants are a small prosthetic tooth that’s implanted below your gum line and into your jawbone, then over time, the bone heals back over this, to provide a stable platform for the tooth to bond to.
When you ask to be fitted with dental implants in Milton Keynes you tend to run into two general types, the Endosteal and Subperiosteal. The first option is the most common and is as we described above, whilst the latter is fitted below the gum line but above the bone. This tends to be used if there isn’t enough healthy bone in your jawline to bond to, or if reconstruction is not an option.
At Northlight Dental our team will strive to provide a quick procedure that leaves you with a natural looking tooth, with minimal discomfort. We will also provide a wealth of information to you on how to keep it clean and avoid any problems.
Complications from implants
After you have been fitted for dental implants in Milton Keynes, there may be complications that can occur if you don’t look after your new tooth.
Peri-implantitus occurs when the gums around the dental implant become inflamed along with being deterioration in the bone holding the dental implant. Over time, this can cause your implant to become loose, and it can also further degrade the surrounding bone if it goes untreated.
Our recommendations to counteract this is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, in order to keep your new tooth nice and clean.
Methods for cleaning
Generally, you can keep your implant nice and shiny by brushing it, as you would the rest of your teeth, although try to avoid pressing too hard as you may damage it. Electric toothbrushes can also manage the job just fine, but if you’re still unsure, then there are special implant brushes with angled necks and slim bristles that you can try.
If your tooth is located at the front of your mouth, then the gaps and the strength you put into cleaning can make it tricky. Try to gently press your brush and avoid pulling too hard with floss between the gaps in your teeth.
For implants located near the back you need to be extra careful, as these are usually fitted by replacing the three roots with one titanium root, which can make it a little unstable if you’re not careful. For these, we recommend using interdental brushes, to gently rub this area free of plaque.
Methods for cleaning complex implants
For more complicated structures, such as bridges or artificial gums, we suggest using a tool called a Water Flosser, to keep your implant free from any food particles.
Hopefully this has helped clear up a few things about the implantation process, as well as providing a couple of handy cleaning tips. For further information ask your dentist.