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How To Take Care of Your Dental Implants
Getting dental implants and cosmetic dentistry in general has boomed during the rise of the selfie generation. More people are looking to get perfect teeth. At the same time, others require a replacement which stands as a testament to our sugary diets taking its toll on our teeth.
Regardless of your reasons for switching dental implants have become a norm for many of us. Dental implants are a simple procedure and a healthier way to cover up the vacant space and bring back your beautiful smile.
What are dental implants?
The Swedish Orthopedic Surgeon Per Ingvar Brånemark has discovered this unique procedure of Cosmetic Dentistry in the mid-1960s. But, this procedure is not entirely new as it has been practised for ages.
A Dental Implant is an artificial root that is made of Titanium, and it is cylindrical. In the first process of this surgery, the titanium implant gets inserted into the bone structure of your mouth or jawline by creating a hole. Titanium implant fuses well with our bone structure, and thus, it's been used for the procedure.
After this first step of surgery, "osseointegration" begins. It is a healing process where the jawbone fuses with the implant. After forming a strong bond with the bone, an abutment is placed on top of the implant, which holds the crown or the artificial tooth.
This Dental Implant is the healthiest way to protect your bone structure than the other providers like bridges or dentures. Bridgework or getting the dentures doesn't secure the other regular teeth and can also harm the roots. In contrast, the dental implant provides you with a healthier oral condition with strong gum and roots.
Taking care of your dental implants
After looking at the procedure, you may think that it is challenging to take care of your Dental Implant, but it is not. It's just like taking care of your regular teeth and requires an equal amount of attention.
Some of the best ways to clean and take care of the implant are down below :
1. Flossing is important
Many people are still not acquainted with the benefits of regular flossing of the teeth. Thus, we will describe the significance here. Flossing is vital for your natural teeth. However, after getting the dental implant, it becomes more critical.
A toothbrush can clean only 40% of the food particles, whereas flossing removes the remaining 60%. It includes the bacteria and plaques that form around the gum line, and in the case of the implants, it forms around the abutment line. If it's not taken care of properly, it can lead to poor oral hygiene and eventually damage the other internal organs.
2. Start using the soft-bristled toothbrush
Nowadays, doctors always recommend every person to use a Soft-bristled toothbrush so you can have a healthy gum for a longer time. The hardness of the brush's bristles often leads to side effects while cleaning the plaque and the bacteria. It can also damage the teeth's enamel. Whereas, the Soft-bristled toothbrush gently scrubs the teeth and also protects the gum. It is even best to use the rounded Soft-bristled toothbrush.
3. An interdental brush is always the best option
Using a nylon coated Interdental brush is very easy to use, and it cleans all around the implants. It reaches the area where standard toothbrushes can't reach. Choosing the right size of the Interdental brush is very important. It will keep your gum health and will prevent gum inflammation or gum disease.
4. Stay away from the abrasive and harsh toothpaste.
Your dental implants can get harmed due to the wrong usage of the intensely flavoured toothpaste, which contains harsh and abrasive fluoride. Thus, it is highly recommended to check the CDA's seal of acceptance on the toothpaste package or the tube and then decide which one to use for keeping the teeth healthy.
5. Avoid rinsing with the fluoride mouthwashes
Strong acidic fluoride mouthwashes are often used for killing oral bacteria and create the best oral hygiene. But it often leads to a disbalance of the pH level inside our mouth and creates an acidic environment. Hence, it is essential to not use any fluoride washes for rinsing your teeth and the implants.
6. Regular dental cleanings and check-up
As we have already mentioned above, cleaning your dental implant is as easy as cleaning your natural teeth. But if you fail to look after the implant, it can develop plaque and tartar and eventually create bacteria that will cause gum disease. Hence, if it's left untreated, it can lead to peri-implantitis, which is similar to the periodontal disease of regular teeth.
Take care of your smile
Now that you get a clear idea regarding the dental implants and the best ways to clean and take care of it, you can contact our Makhram Smile Centre. We have the best Dental Surgeons here to take care of all of your dental problems.
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