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Many people think of dental implants as a one-time, all-encompassing solution to all their teeth problems. These are perfect replicas of your teeth but have increased durability; in some ways, they almost seem indestructible.

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Dental Implants Need Looking After Too, Experts Say

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Dental implants need looking after too experts say

Dental Implants Need

Looking After Too,

Experts Say

Blue Sky Dentistry

28 Wellington Park

Belfast BT9 6DL

Phone: 028 9068 7722


Dental implants need looking after too experts say

Many people think of dental

implants as a one-time, all-

encompassing solution to all their

teeth problems. These are perfect

replicas of your teeth but have

increased durability; in some

ways, they almost seem

indestructible.

But the dental implant is not as

indestructible as it seems. In fact,

improper care and maintenance

may actually cause more

debilitating problems in the

mouth, such as bone loss and

bacterial infections, to name a

few. Permanent implants may be a

long-term solution to tooth loss,

but it does not mean that it does

not require looking after.

The Dangers of Peri-Implantitis

Although around 10,000 implant procedures are done each year in the UK alone, and although

it is indeed a fast growing industry, it is far from being commonplace and not many people

actually know how to take care of them once they get it.

This presents a rather unique problem; more people are getting implants but very few of them

actually have the understanding of how they operate, apart from replacing the teeth itself.

Studies show that one of the dangers of not maintaining dental implants is peri-implantitis, a

bacterial infection that forms around the implant, causing inflammation around the gums. In

more serious cases, the infection may actually lead to bone loss in the jaw.


Dental implants need looking after too experts say

The reason most people get this rather

debilitating infection is that they assume

that a dental implant does not require

any cleaning at all. While the implant

itself is technically ‘immune’ to bacteria

and plaque as it is an artificial tooth, the

gums surrounding it are still natural,

and this is where the bacterial infection

lays

a

foothold

complications.

and

causes

If the person allows this bacterial

infection to progress, the gums may

become so weak that it can no longer

hold the implants in place, eventually

falling out. Additionally, as the bacteria

infect the rest of the gums, the

surrounding teeth will start separating

and misaligning. This leads to more

complications in the long run, and may

eventually

necessitate

treatments.

more

costly

Continuing Tooth Care

Dental implants imitate natural teeth perfectly, so it only follows that they should receive

the same level of care that its predecessor did. It is a good idea to brush and floss after every

meal as bits of food can still get stuck between the implants, which in turn draw in bacteria.

The bacteria may not exactly harm the teeth directly, but it can harm the gum tissues

surrounding it.

Finally, cleansing the mouth with water is a good way to ensure that bacterial levels in the

mouth are kept to a minimum. Water causes the mouth to produce saliva, which is a natural

bacteria killer. For people who enjoy sugary foods and drinks, as well as savoury dishes, a

glass of water after every meal reduces the amount of bacteria in the mouth, making

brushing and flossing a lot easier.


Dental implants need looking after too experts say

Dental implants may be a permanent solution to missing teeth, but it still needs

taking care of. The dangers of peri-implantitis, after all, are more than just

bacterial infection on the gums. It may lead to a repeated case of tooth loss, tooth

misalignment, and even loss of bone in the jaw.

Resources:

http://www.blueskydentist.com/dental-implants-northern-ireland.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32086134

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dental-implants-topic-overview


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