Caring for Dental Implants

Cleaning is vital in maintaining your dental implants.Dental implants have been a life changing method when it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring oral health.  Many of our patients who come to us with missing teeth have already seen the negative effects that missing teeth can have on their oral anatomy, whether it be depletion in their jawbones, shrinkage in their gums, or both. Dental implants has proven to be an effective tool in bringing back oral function in patients and allowing them to enjoy being social, having no restrictions in what they eat, being able to smile with confidence again, and most importantly to regain control and health over their oral anatomy which will transpire throughout their whole body. Protecting this investment with good oral hygiene is very crucial in the longevity of dental implants and the continued oral health that is promised.

Oral Hygiene For Your Dental Implants

Cleaning your implants is very important and even though they cannot procure any cavities, plaque build up is a pressing threat that can lead to bacterial infections. Bad oral hygiene can lead to the loss of your dental implants if the gums become severely inflamed and contract a bacterial infection such as peri-implantitis. This bacterial infection in particular is characterized through the inflammation of the gums and a loss of bone. Loss of a dental implant is caused by bone loss because the implant has lost its anchorage. Dental implants revolve around the process of osseointegration, which fuses the titanium implant into the socket of the missing tooth and it creates a solidified bond.  If this bond is loosed by a depleted jawbone, there is nothing to hold it in place.

Using an antibacterial tooth paste is an easy way to help ward of harmful bacteria even after you have finished brushing. For those who smoke, it is advised that you attempt to quit because it can affect not just the luminosity of your teeth and implants, but it puts your mouth at risk for contracting bacterial infections more easily. In addition to diligent cleaning at home, you should also go in to have your teeth cleaned by Dr. William Griffin because plaque can still get underneath your abutment and cause inflammation in your gums.  Dr. Griffin will thoroughly clean by taking the abutment and crown off to gently clean the gums and implant.  Also often times, bacterial infections may not show prominent visible signs and frequent professional cleanings will help ward off these diseases. Your dental implant can last you for a lifetime and continue to provide you with oral health and function, but it is up to you to maintain your teeth and keep them strong and lasting.

Contact Dr. William Griffin in Newport News, VA

At city Center Dental Care, Dr. Griffin offers his patients in Newport News, VA dental implants and encourages his existing patients to take care of their dental implant investment. Oral health is important not just for your mouth but also is connected to your whole body.  Many patients will see improvements in additional health problems after receiving dental implants. Dental implants have become the most reliable method of teeth replacement because of the natural occurrence of osseointegration. If you have further questions regarding dental implants or would like to discuss your candidacy, please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today. Remember to maintain oral hygiene and we look forward to hearing from you soon!