The ultimate guide to dental implants

3rd November 2015 by

You may require dental implants for a number of reasons. You might have had an accident, prompting an emergency dental visit. You might have badly discoloured teeth causing you tremendous insecurity. You might even have wobbly teeth or missing teeth brought on by gum disease. This issue will not only dampen your smile; even a single missing tooth canaffect the way the rest of your teeth bite together.

Whatever the case, dental implants might be the perfect answer to your problems. Everyone deserves to feel confident and secure about their smile, and dental implants are here to help. They are resilient, they stay firmly in place and they can be colour-matched to fit in with the rest of your natural teeth.

Though dental implants may appear too good to be true, if you don’t care for your implants properly then you run the risk of losing them. In order to avoid the dental issues resulting from improper implant care, Bow Lane Dental is going to give you all the information you need to keep your pearly whites in top condition.

What is a dental implant?

Put simply, a dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth root. These implants, made of titanium fuse to the jaw bone overtime. This allows them to support replacement teeth in the form of crowns, false teeth and dentures.

To ensure that the implants are not rejected and that they last as long as possible, it is important that the very best technology is utilised. Done right, your new teeth will be indistinguishable from your existing teeth. Even your closest friends and family won’t be able to tell that you’ve had work done, but they’ll certainly notice the new confidence in your smile!

The importance of caring for dental implants

There is a common misconception that good quality teeth implants are virtually indestructible. In reality, though dental implants can’t suffer from tooth decay, the surrounding gum is still susceptible and at risk of infection. As such, implants require a similar level of care and looking after as your existing teeth.

There have been an increasing number of reported cases of people developing peri-implantitis. This is a preventable bacterial infection that flares up around poorly cleaned dental implants, causing inflammation of the gums. In the worst case scenario, if this goes unchecked, the infection can eventually lead to bone loss in the jaw itself, leading to reduced support for, and the inevitable loss of, the implant.

How to care for your implants

To prevent any possible health issues, it is absolutely key to take good care of your teeth implants at home with a thorough hygiene routine. Depending on the location of your implants, it might be worth investing in an electronic toothbrush to ensure you can get to those hard-to-reach areas.

Each time you brush your teeth, remember to pay special attention to the following areas:

  • Your implant-supported tooth
  • The areas above and below the gum line
  • The spaces between the neighbouring teeth

Once you have implants, cleaning between them regularly is more important than ever. This may be with floss, tepes or interdental sticks. As with brushing, pay close attention to the implants themselves, as well as the neighbouring teeth. If you are a smoker, we also recommend that you quit smoking as soon as possible, as this habit can lead to infection and gum disease, as well as discolouration.

To maintain your implants, we strongly encourage that you visit your dental practice for a regular clean with the dental hygienist. Hectic schedules can make it difficult to find the time for such visits, but they are integral, as a professional will be able to detect any red flags and ensure that any issues are quickly nipped in the bud. This will save you further time and expense down the road.

Cutting-edge implant dentistry

Here at Bow Lane Dental Group, based in the heart of London, we have a dedicated on-site RichArt Dental Studio outfitted with the latest teeth implant equipment and computer software. This modern technology allows our team of highly-experienced specialists to perfectly match our tailored ceramic crowns to your natural teeth. You’ll be in safe hands, with our confident, award-winning team.

To take the first step in replacing your missing or damaged tooth, call our implant dentists on 020 7236 3600.

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