Keeping Dental Implants Clean, Strong and And Healthy

Aftercare implant advice from our Cheshunt dental team.

Having had dental implants placed, it is only natural that patients will want to take good care of them to get the maximum benefits that they offer. There are two key parts to a dental implant, the crown, which can be seen above the gum, and the implant itself, which is largely below the gum line.

The crown itself cannot decay as it is made from porcelain. This also means that it is relatively stain resistant. Whilst it will not discolour to the same degree as a natural tooth, and can’t suffer from internal darkening; some stains, such as tar from cigarette smoke, may well stick to it. In order to keep the crown nice and white, you should brush the crown as you would a natural tooth.

Periodontal disease

By far the biggest threat to dental implants comes in the form of periodontitis or peri-implantitis. These have very similar symptoms and both not only affect the gum but also the bone in which the implant is placed. If this is left untreated, the bone may degrade to a point where the implant is no longer securely held in place.

In order to prevent gum disease or peri-implantitis, you should make sure that you brush the gum line and also use dental floss to clean between the teeth. Visits to our Cheshunt dental hygienist are also strongly recommended for periodic checks.

Other damage

Dental crowns are extremely strong and should not become damaged. In the event that they do however, they can be relatively easily replaced. A bigger problem would be if the implant became damaged, potentially also causing damage to the bone structure surrounding it. Problems such as these should not result from regular normal use but are possible in the event of a heavy blow in that area.

Whilst we can never fully legislate for accidents that may happen; if you are in a profession where the risk of a blow to the face is very real, or if you play sports where contact may be made, such as football, boxing or possibly even cricket, it may be worth considering delaying having your new dental implant placed until such a time that you no longer participate in these activities.

At The Lodge Dental Suite, we offer a wide range of modern comfortable dentures for patients from Cheshunt and Hoddesdon. These are ideal for anyone playing sport as they can be removed for the duration of play and returned to the mouth afterwards.

Many people, of course, do have dental implants placed and go on to play football etc with no problem, but it is a risk that should be considered. We are happy to discuss the various options and offer advice to our patients.

For a safe and successful dental implant placement, or to discuss alternatives, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643 388.