Dental implants effectively replace the form and function of missing teeth, which may have been lost due to a variety of reasons (such as tooth decay, gum disease, or accidents). The proper maintenance of the dental implants will significantly determine how long the implants – as well as the teeth restorations attached to the titanium screws – will last. As the implants replace the form and function of missing teeth, they should also be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth.
It is easy to think of dental implants as invincible, since the implants are made from extremely strong titanium screws that are embedded directly into the jaw bone. However, just like natural teeth, the dental implants as well as the teeth restorations need to be cleaned and maintained properly to be able to enjoy them for a longer period of time. Thorough tooth brushing should be done on a regular basis, to ensure that the teeth surfaces – and the areas where the dental implants are – will be kept clean. Dental flossing should also be regularly done, to ensure that any food particles in between the teeth and the gum line will be removed; dental flossing can prevent gum problems from developing. Regular dental checkups are also important in making sure that the dental implants are well taken care of, and will also be beneficial in preventing any dental problems from starting or worsening.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are necessary in the quest for making dental implants last as long as possible. The effort put into proper dental implants maintenance will go a long way in ensuring that bright smiles can be flashed anytime, anywhere – for a much longer period of time.