General Dentistry

Handy Tips on How to Look After a Dental Implant from Home!

How to look after a dental implant

Did you know with regular oral hygiene you could avoid dental implant complications? Irregular oral hygiene may lead to implant failure. At Ashton Avenue Dental Practice, we want you to retain your dental implants for a lifetime, which is why we are writing this blog, to inform you of the importance of a strict oral hygiene practice, even after wearing your new smile.

There are innumerable reasons which could lead to losing your teeth, but there are three common reasons you may lose your teeth such as physical trauma, tooth decay/infection, or gum disease.

In most cases, tooth loss is a result of irregular oral hygiene. If you don’t initiate proper care of your teeth, losing them is consequent.

If you have a problem with a dental implant, contact us at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice or call us at (08) 6183 3800 to find out whether you need to make an appointment or if you may be able to treat your symptoms at home.

How to care for dental implants from home?

Can you believe that dental implants are equitably low maintenance, yes you read that right! But still, they need to be cleaned and maintained just like your natural teeth. Systematic cleaning, good oral hygiene, and home dental care will certainly lower the risk of infections and can also help a dental implant to last much longer.

Did you know that Peri-implant disease is an infection of gums and bone arround dental implants? This infection can occur if plaque builds up around dental implants. It is similar to gum disease around teeth, the peri-implant disease can sooner or later cause bone loss in the jaw and harm the surrounding teeth if it’s left untreated.

Dental implant infections can generally be prevented with regular cleaning. Our expert Dentists recommend the following:

  • Brush your teeth and your dental implant at least twice a day just like you treat your natural teeth, using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush gently in a circular motion to avoid damaging the implant
  • Floss the implant and rest of the teeth and please use a floss tape or an interdental brush coated with nylon
  • Consider cutting down on sugar that feeds bacteria and can increase plaque build-up around teeth and implants

If you or any of your folks have multiple implants and all of your teeth have been replaced with full-arch implants, reach our friendly dentists to discuss your maintianance regime.

Complex dental implant problems to watch out

Problems with dental implants may be temporary or may cause infection and other serious health issues if they’re not treated on a timely basis. Reach our dentist for advice if you have any of the following symptoms of common dental implant problems:

  • Inflammation around the implant that may spread to other areas
  • Red or sore or swollen gum around the implant
  • Gum recession around implants
  • Struggling to chew with the implant
  • The implant itself is feeling loose

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us. We will offer guidance about how it could be treated and also recommend treatment if required. Red or painful gums may be treated at home by improving your oral hygiene, changing to a softer toothbrush, or using an antiseptic mouthwash to care for your teeth and gums.

Do you need to talk to our Dentist elaborately?

If you need some advice about anything related to an implant or other dental concerns, we are just a phone call away. For further queries, reach us at Ashton Avenue Dental Practice in Claremont or call us on 08 6183 3800 to book an appointment.

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