How To Make Your Dental Implants Last Longer
Whether you decided to opt for dental implants in Richmond, or anywhere else in the world, then as a patient you’d want them to last. After all, they probably cost you a good amount of money, so at the very least you’d want to make sure that your oral investment pays for itself. With this in mind, what can you do as a patient to make your implants last.
High standards of oral hygiene
Good standards of oral hygiene are imperative if you want to protect your implants. The reason for this is that in the early days in particular, dental implants are very vulnerable to attacks from bacteria. This is why it’s so important to maintain good oral cleanliness. Therefore brushing teeth at least twice a day is a necessity. In addition it needs to be combined with regular daily flossing. Bacteria contained within plaque has the ability to weaken the gum supporting the teeth and as a result can weaken or loosen the implant over time, so it needs to be removed. This is done by regular and thorough brushing.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
You may be thinking that how you choose to live your life and the food choices you make has little bearing on how long your dental implants last. The reality is that an unhealthy lifestyle coupled with a bad diet can be a big factor in implant failure and even more so if you have diabetes. This can play havoc with bone growth which is vital to implant success. Also it’s a known fact that those with diabetes are more prone to developing early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis. What’s more, because of the fact that blood flow is dramatically slowed in a diabetic patient they might not even know that they have gum disease (no bleeding gums). Instead the disease could spread and eventually undermine and weaken your brand new dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we monitor all our diabetic patients closely and as such they may require more frequent check-ups than non-diabetic patients.
Regular visits to the dentist
As you’ve probably guessed by now, dental implants in Richmond aren’t a ‘set and forget’ type of tooth replacement and as such need some input and commitment from you to look after them. Also from time to time they also need some help from your dentist. They can spot problems early, as well as making sure that your implants remain clean and healthy through visits to the hygienist.
If you want to find out more about how to make your dental implants last longer or want to enquire about how an implant can benefit you, then book yourself a free, no-obligation consultation at Sheen Dental. Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team have many years of experience and can discuss with you your options. So act now and contact us on 020 8876 5277 or book online at www.sheendental.co.uk. You’ll be glad that you did!