After you receive a dental implant, you may be wondering what to do next. Luckily, implant care is simple and straightforward. Easy maintenance is one of the many benefits of dental implants. At ImplantWide, we want to ensure that your implant lasts as long as possible. The following information is designed to help you maintain your implant for decades or even a lifetime!
Maintaining Your Implant
Daily maintenance of a dental implant is no different from that of your natural teeth. You can care for your implant-supported restoration with regular brushing and flossing. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day as a part of your oral hygiene regimen. For additional protection, we recommend an antibacterial mouthwash. Once you receive your implant, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have related to implant care.
Why Are Implants so Successful?
According to Institute of Dental Implant Awareness, implant-supported restorations have a success rate of well over 95%. Much of this success is related to the implant screw and the process of osseointegration. The implant screw is placed into the jawbone during minor surgery. Once in place, the screw and your jawbone will fuse together through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is only possible thanks to titanium’s unique ability to fuse with living bone. It helps creates a powerful bond that mimics the relationship between tooth root and jaw.
This bond allows patients with implants to chew, speak, laugh, and smile, without worrying about embarrassing slips or damaging their restoration. It is responsible for most of the advantages associated with dental implants, including easy care and maintenance.
A lifelong Investment
Other restorations, such as conventional dental bridges and partial dentures, will fail over time. The average lifespan of a bridge is just over ten years. Implants, on the other hand, have been proven to last for several decades. With the proper care, you may even find that your implant lasts a lifetime! Again, this is all thanks to the powerful bond created by osseointegration.
Lifelong success with proper care
You and your implant’s health are supported by a team approach to care. Your periodontist and team will work with you to ensure the health and longevity of your implant. While it’s true that your restorations will not become decayed, they are subject to the same stresses as natural teeth. With the proper care and maintenance, your dental implants should be your lifelong companion!
Repairs, Replacements, and Follow-ups
Implant-supported restorations are typically fabricated using porcelain, zirconia, or some other ceramic compound. These materials not only provide the very best in aesthetics, but they have also proven to be quite durable. While it is true that this material will not stain or decay like natural enamel, they are still subject to the same stresses. Over the course of time, you may need to repair or replace your restoration; however, the implant screw should remain strong.
Implant failure is rare, but it does occur. If you find yourself with a faulty implant, we may need to repeat the process. After your implant and restoration are in place, we will ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment, so we can make sure there are no complications. Regular checkups are also an important part of maintaining your implant and oral health.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If you would like to learn more about implant care, please call (630) 394-9787 to schedule your appointment today!