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9 January 2017

Longevity and aftercare

Without a doubt, dental implants are a very effective method of replacing missing teeth. Acting as an artificial tooth root, implants offer a strength and stability that no other tooth replacement solution can.

Whilst implant placement has an extremely high success rate, this does not mean that things can’t go wrong if the health of the implant is neglected and in this blog, our Surbiton implant dentists discuss how to care for your newly replaced teeth.

Immediate aftercare

Once your dental implant has been placed, it is especially vulnerable for the first few months whilst the bone and the implant fuse together. For this reason, only soft foods should be eaten. In fact, initially, we recommend only liquid foods such as soups, yoghurt and ice cream.

As the osseointegration (the fusing of bone and implant) period progresses, slightly harder foods such as soft pasta and mashed potatoes can be introduced. Eating harder food at this stage could potentially prevent the process from being successful and may even result in implant failure. Although it may be a little inconvenient, a short period of eating soft foods can help to give you twenty plus years of having a successful and trouble free implant.

Longer term care

Once your new dental implant has fused successfully with the bone and your crown attached, you will be able to eat any food that you wish without fear of damage to the implant. This doesn’t mean that you can ignore the care of the implant though. Over the course of its life, like your natural teeth, it can be threatened by gum disease. Latter stage gum disease, known as periodontitis, is especially dangerous for the implant as it attacks the bone in which the implant is placed. If sufficient damage is done to the bone, it may no longer be capable of retaining the implant and it may become loose or even come out.

Thankfully, gum disease can be prevented with a little regular care. In addition to brushing your teeth, including the implant, and the gums, you should take a little time to learn how to either floss correctly or use an interdental brush. The hygienist at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton is able to show you how to do this correctly and efficiently. Hygienist visits are also important in order to remove any hardened bacteria (tartar) that has become attached to the teeth or on the gum line. Regular brushing is unable to remove this effectively and only professional teeth cleaning can do so.

These few simple implant aftercare tips will help to ensure that your dental implants remain strong, secure and healthy during their life.

If you live in the Surbiton area and would like to find out more about dental implants, or, if you already have them and have any questions or concerns, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291.

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