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,
Blue Sky Dentistry
28 Wellington Park
Belfast BT9 6DL
Phone: 028 9068 7722
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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.