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How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants

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At the completion of any procedure, when a patient is released from the dental office, by his dentist, he will be given a list on instructions. These post-operative instructions are very essential, if you want to ensure the success of your treatment procedure. In the case dental implants, observance of these post-operative instructions will help the patient prolong the life span of his implant system and take care of his investment. Dental implants are not cheap; those who are able to spend money for such a procedure will have to cover a large sum to enjoy its amazing benefits.

While the success of your dental implant placement procedure is dependent on a lot of things, such as the skill of your dentist, the diligent observation of superb infection control protocols and the health of the patient and the bone, its will also rely your own efforts. Just as everyone is encouraged to take active participation on taking care of their natural teeth, the same is true after the implant system is installed in the mouth.

The following are some of the very important tips you can use:

  1. Do not subject your  dental implants to excessive force. This is most especially true when your implants have just been installed and not yet stable. Ideally, a fully stable implant will have integrated with the bone, giving it much strength and power to endure all kinds of forces. As a foreign material, you should still understand that implants will never compare to the natural tooth so always keep in mind that you have “screws” embedded within your jaw and especially during the 2-6 months of stabilization, do no direct any kind of force on the area.
  2. Report any untoward events observed along the area of the dental implants. Ideally, a properly performed dental implant placement procedure should meet great success; however, there could be some unforeseen issues that may bring some danger to the implant system. When this happens, you should not hesitate to see your dentist to show what is happening. Your chance of getting through with any problem shall increase when proper address is forwarded to it, so delaying reports to your dentist may give you bigger harm.
  3. Observe exemplary oral hygiene measures. Just as plaque can disrupt the health of your teeth and gums, it can also compromise the life of your dental implant system. Understand that your implants depend on the bone to remain in the mouth and when the bone becomes infected with disease, support will fail and the implants will lose its stability. Observing proper hygiene measures will be essential; it will ensure the health of the bone that holds the implant in place, and so help protect the investment that you made.
  4. Stop smoking. Smoking is an activity discouraged for a lot of reasons. A single stick of cigarette is ridden with harmful chemicals that can combine with the blood that circulates all over the body, disrupting the normal physiologic processes that occur. Smokers are contraindicated for dental implant placement procedures because the chemicals in cigarettes disrupt proper healing, so unless they are able to stop this worthless habit, they are bad candidates for the procedure. So, even if you passed for the procedure, make sure not to touch another stick of cigarette, if you want your implants to enjoy a longer lifespan in your mouth.

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    Evaluating Different Types of Dental Restorations

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    People lose their natural teeth for many reasons, including accidental trauma, oral diseases, and significant tooth decay. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of your teeth, you’re probably anxious to replace missing teeth permanently. Not only is this more aesthetically pleasing, it’s also better for your long-term oral health. That is because existing teeth tend to shift towards open spots and cause problems with bite and alignment. Replacement teeth also restore your speaking and chewing ability in addition to preventing your face from sagging.

    Working with Our Dentists to Select the Right Type of Dental Restorations

    Once you have made the decision to restore your missing teeth, it can be difficult to know the types of dentures that are right for you. If you no longer have any of your natural teeth, you will need complete dentures to restore full mouth functioning and disguise the complete tooth loss. Partial dentures are appropriate when you still have some or most of your natural teeth.

    Denture types can be further classified into immediate and conventional. With immediate dentures, your dentist at Smiles of Elgin prepares your restoration in advance. This enables him to place the dentures right away after you have teeth extracted. You do need to return to have adjustments made to your dentures after your gum tissues have had more of a chance to heal. Your dentist can place conventional dentures four to six weeks after you lost your last tooth. He will provide you with a temporary restoration in the meantime.

    Dental implants are replacement teeth that remain in your mouth permanently. Your dentist first installs artificial roots made of titanium and then allows several weeks to months for healing to take place. You can wear removable dentures while your wait. Once the gums and jaw have healed and your new roots have integrated with existing jaw bone, it’s time for your dentist to attach your replacement teeth.

    Please schedule an appointment with Smiles of Elgin to learn more about the type of dental restoration that is right for you.

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      How to Properly Take Care of Dental Implants

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      A dental implant can last a lifetime with proper dental hygiene. Your dental implants can’t get cavities but they do require regular care. To keep your adjacent teeth or gums from becoming infected, implants should be brushed and flossed along with your natural teeth. Smoking is also considered a risk for implants. If you are going to get an implant and you smoke, you should try to quit because not only can it stain, smoking can also cause gum problems.

      If proper oral hygiene is neglected, the gums surrounding your implant can become infected. The infection can cause inflammation of the gums and if not treated early, can lead to bone loss around the implant. This will then cause your implant to become loose.

      Similar to periodontitis, which afflicts natural teeth, this is called peri-implantitis. It occurs in one of every ten implants and may require surgery or cause failure of the implant.

      Brushing and Flossing

      When your dental implant has just been inserted, you will notice that the area around it will be too sensitive to brush for a while. But you can prevent plaque buildup in the area by using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You can start regular brushing of your tooth implant once the crown has been attached.

      Regular toothbrushes can’t access the space between teeth, so besides flossing, you can brush the areas between your teeth and adjacent to your implant with a special tiny brush called an interdental brush. Finally, you can use antibacterial toothpaste. Studies have shown that such toothpastes help implants stay healthy.

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