Everyone has a lot of common medical knowledge but when it comes to dental care people are much less confident in their general hygiene routines. Everyone knows to brush their teeth twice a day but most people don’t bother to use mouthwash or floss and the majority of people don’t realize they should book an appointment with their dentist every 6 months to have their teeth professionally cleaned to remove any potentially harmful bacteria in their mouths.
That’s the basics for dental care but many people also don’t know about many great treatments that are offered by dentists that are either great for your basic dental health or for your self-esteem as they’ll help to improve your appearance. Some of these include getting braces if your teeth are crooked, getting your teeth whitened if they’re stained or yellow, and for me personally getting dental implants fitted in Byford massively increased my confidence. Dental implants are one of the best things you can get for your confidence and as so many people are unaware of basic dental hygiene necessities and how great dental implants are then this article will cover how to care for them.
What a dental implant is
If you have a missing tooth and it makes you feel self-conscious then a dental implant is the perfect solution for you and to make it better it’s a long-term solution so you’ll only have to find the funds to have them implanted once. The process is a simple one, your dentist will place the implants directly into your jaw which will act as an artificial root. Over time the bones in your mouth will fuse to your new titanium screw which will keep it in place, then a false tooth is placed on top of this in the most natural-looking way to complete your smile. It’s a very discreet implant and if you’ve had issues with the way you speak or eat since your tooth fell out then a dental implant should solve this for you too.
Why dental implants need special care
Although dental implants are permanent there can be issues such as they can break or fall out. If you’ve been to a reputable and qualified dentist who has performed the procedure correctly then there should only be two reasons why the dental implant may fall out. The first is if the implanted root moves in the jaw or if the false tooth breaks as a normal tooth would. Whilst it is impossible to completely prevent this from happening there are steps you can take to make it less likely that your dental implant will come out.
How to take care of the root
The main reason that a dental implant comes out is due to gum disease which is a lot more common than most people think. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth on the gum line that releases acids causing your gums to recede and leaving the roots in your mouth exposed, this can cause your dental implant to become loose and eventually fall out so to prevent this you should make sure you floss daily, pay extra attention to the gums around your implanted tooth when brushing your teeth and stop smoking.
How to take care of the false tooth
If you’ve had this procedure performed by a qualified dentist who has successfully completed the procedure with no complications then they will have used a high-quality crown that shouldn’t break, However, you can adjust your daily habits to help ensure it doesn’t get cracked or broken. If you eat a lot of hard, crunchy, or chewy foods then you may need to change up your diet as implanted teeth whilst high quality are more fragile than natural teeth and may break if you consume too many of those foods. If you play any contact sports, then you’ll want to minimize any damage done by knocks to the mouth as this is one of the biggest reasons dental implants fall out so make sure to wear a mouthguard when you play. Finally, to help prolong the life of your dental implants you should wear something at night time to prevent your teeth from grinding whilst you sleep.