If you are one of three million Australians who is missing teeth, then you may think there isn’t a lot you can do about it. After all, you still have plenty for chewing, and don’t you only get dentures when you’re missing most of them? While you may not need traditional dentures, your dentist is here to let you know that there is much value in dental implants and over-dentures.
Dental implants are single teeth with roots installed in your jaw bone. They look, feel, and function like regular teeth, and no one needs to know they aren’t yours. If you’re considering getting dental implants, then you’ll be pleased to hear the maintenance process is as effortless as for your real teeth. Read on to find out how to care for implants.
For a Single Implant
If you have one implant, then you will be relieved that the process for cleaning it is not all that much different from your other teeth. Use a soft-bristle brush and clean the tooth (and your other teeth) at least twice per day.
Make sure you purchase a low-abrasive toothpaste and floss with an unwaxed tape. You can also buy an implant-specific floss but check with your dentist to find out what they recommend.
When you are cleaning your teeth, make sure you brush around the implant’s crown. An interdental brush with nylon coating can also help to get into those hard-to-reach areas. Finally, end the oral care process with an oral irrigator. Such a device can help you rinse away all the debris and residue you lifted while brushing and flossing.
By looking after your dental implant, you can help it to stay in tip-top condition and last longer than it might if you neglected it.
If you have more than one dental implant, in the form of over-dentures, then the cleaning process differs a little. You can remove your dentures every day and soak them in a cleansing solution. Check all your clips, o-rings, and caps to make sure they are damage-free. Talk to your dentist if any are worn out, broken, or missing. You will need to replace these as soon as possible.
Brush the underside of your dentures with a specific denture brush and rinse them thoroughly before you put them back in your mouth. Every year, see your dentist to replace the caps, clips, and o-rings.
As you can see, the maintenance process of both dental implants and overdentures is straightforward, but the rewards in return are immeasurable. Dental implants can offer a confidence boost that can see you smiling from ear to ear in no time. Talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are right for you.