February 2, 2016
Dental implants from Rocky River dentist, Dr. William Eick, are today’s standard for tooth replacement. Learn how best to care for your new teeth.
Your new dental implant looks and feels great. You love how well you chew and speak and have no worries about your appearance. Dental implants from Rocky River cosmetic dentist, Dr. William Eick, stay in place for years with good oral care.
Threats to your dental implant
Suffice it to say that just as your natural teeth need diligent oral hygiene, your dental implant does, too. While it cannot decay simply because it is an artificial tooth from root to crown, an implant site can develop an infection dentists call peri-implantitis. While dental implants are hugely successful, boasting a retention rate of well over 90 percent, peri-implantitis poses a major threat to these prosthetics.
This inflammatory condition is similar to periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, in which the gum become reddened and filled with pus. Soft tissue and underlying bone progressively weaken and recede, threatening the stability of the implant device.
Four factors contribute to this substantial threat to implant integrity:
- physical forces from teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- uncontrolled diabetes and other serious health conditions
- poor oral hygiene
Fortunately, patients can control most of these factors. For instance, implant patients should speak to their primary care physicians about an active smoking cessation program. Nighttime mouthguards from Dr. Eick diminish the excessive strain bruxism places on an implant. Finally, patients who up the standard of their daily hygiene routine avoid peri-implantitis altogether.
Caring for your dental implant
Rocky River cosmetic dentist, Dr. William Eick, recommends several ways to care for your dental implant. They resemble caring for your natural teeth; so if you already practice good oral hygiene, these suggestions will seem easy.
- See Dr. Eick for 6-month exams and hygienic cleanings. He carefully inspects implant sites, and your hygienist removes plaque and tartar build-up around your implant and between your natural teeth.
- Eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water each day. Good nutrition supports gum and bone health, and water cleanses and promotes production of saliva.
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled brush and a low-abrasive toothpaste.
- Floss daily. Some flossing products are stiffer and thicker than others and thread more easily through interdental spaces and around implants. Be sure to create the usual c-shape with the floss ends, and rub the floss back and forth at the gumline for at least 10 seconds, Be gentle.
- Employ soft picks or small interdental brushes to simulate gum tissue and dislodge plaque. Some patients prefer rubber-tipped gum stimulators to gently massage the gum tissue around implants. Key is picking a quality product that you will use habitually.
Enjoy your dental implant
There’s nothing like a healthy, attractive smile. Your dental implant fills the gap left by tooth loss. Care for it for years of enjoyment. For more tips on caring for your implant, contact Dr. Eick’s office. The friendly staff will answer any questions or concerns you have regarding dental implant hygiene.
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