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How Can I Help My Dental Implants Last?

By: | Friday, May 15th, 2020 | Dental Implants

Friday, May 15th, 2020

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million people have dental implants at this time. Furthermore, approximately half a million new implants are placed every year. Since this procedure became common several years ago, dental implant treatment has skyrocketed in popularity. Most patients who require tooth replacement now wish to do so with dental implants. There are several reasons for this. Primarily, it is because the result of dental implant treatment feels most natural.

Among the many benefits of dental implants, patients appreciate knowing that their new teeth roots can last their lifetime. This is significant because dental implants are an investment in long-term oral health and an attractive smile. The lifespan of the average dental implant, however, is not a given. It takes a bit of work to ensure this treatment keeps performing well over many years. This is no different than natural teeth, which must also be well-managed to avoid disease.

Tips for Dental Implant Care

Like natural teeth, dental implants must be preserved and protected. Like natural teeth, implants also respond well to much of the same practice that is suggested for avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. Best practices for preserving dental implants include:

  • Optimal cleanliness. Bacteria live in the mouth and can cause a lot of damage if not routinely washed away. In the case of dental implants, bacteria could penetrate the gums and cause pockets around the new roots. Bacteria within these pockets could then accumulate around the implant, causing breakdown in the jawbone. Fortunately, it can take months or years for periodontal disease to get this bad. With two minutes of brushing every morning and night, and flossing as recommended by the treating dentist, most dental implant patients can enjoy a lifetime of function.
  • Protective measures. Dental implants hold artificial teeth that are made out of dental porcelain or other lifelike material. These materials can be scratched by hard toothbrush bristles or abrasive toothpaste particles. It is necessary to protect new teeth as well as the gums so bacteria do not find tiny scratches in which to hide.
  • Professional care. Routine dental checkups and cleanings are as important for dental implant patients as for everyone else. The dentist performs checkups using special glasses that magnify enamel and the areas around the gums. Special instruments are used to remove plaque and caked-on tartar when needed.

Studies show that nearly 99% of dental implants are successful and long-lasting. We can help you make sure you’re part of this statistic. To schedule a visit at our Burke office, call (703)-935-2879.



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