The key to successful dental implants is good oral hygiene. Dental implants are the best we have available at replacing a missing tooth. They are not the same as real teeth and because of this patients think that dental implants should be treated differently when it comes to oral hygiene.
One of the most common causes of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is basically gum disease around an implant. The same bacteria that accumulate around normal teeth and gums can accumulate around an implant and its surrounding gum tissue. This can result in an infection and loss of gum and bone around the implant. Healthy gum and bone is required for the implant to be held in place and without these, you do not have successful dental implants.
Dental implants are made of titanium which innately don’t react with the gum and bone in our mouths. Special coatings have also been placed over the titanium to further inhibit bacterial growth, limiting the risk of peri-implantitis. Anti-bacterials such as antibiotics and chlorhexidine and tooth structure like coatings such as hydroxyapatite have all been researched and have been shown to help reduce bacteria around dental implants.
However, good oral hygiene is still required for successful dental implants. Physical removal of bacteria around the dental implant with brushing and flossing, and chemical disinfection with mouth rinses, are crucial for long term survival of dental implants. Apart from homecare, you need to see your dentist to have your dental implant checked and cleaned professionally at least every six months to make sure it is still healthy.
After your crown is attached to your dental implant, your dentist at Central Brisbane Dental will show you how to look after it with good oral hygiene so that your risk of peri-implantitis and dental implant failure is much reduced.