Dental implants are the most popular and most advanced option for tooth replacement. The implant should be checked by your dentist on a regular basis since there are many different elements to check on, such as whether the implant is grafting to the jawbone properly or if there is inflammation in the gums.
Soon after you have your implant surgery, proper care is important to ensure their long-term success. Following the aftercare directions your dentist provides is vital. An important part of recovering is called osseointegration, which is when the titanium post bonds with the jawbone. The roots can help support jawbone regeneration over time and can ensure the teeth remain stationary.
After the initial checkups, your dentist may need to check the healing process more often. There is a slightly higher risk of gum disease from dental implants, and gum disease can, unfortunately, lead to implant failure. Monitoring the gums for any slight indication of gum disease can help your dentist address it before it becomes a larger issue.
Oral hygiene is the key to long-term success. A huge benefit of dental implants over dentures is the ease with which you can clean it. Brushing your implant is just like brushing your teeth and should be done at the same time. Implants are not susceptible to decay, but bacteria can build up on the surface which can lead to gum disease or cause decay in other teeth. Flossing is also important to ensure the cleanliness of the area surrounding the gum line.
Once you are completely healed and have successfully adapted your oral hygiene regiment, most implants can be checked every six months with your bi-annual cleaning and check up. Of course, if any issues or concerns arise, contact your dentist to get advice on the best course of action.