15 Jul 2015

Dental Implants: Advantages and After-care

Dental implants have been around since the 1980s, and are growing in popularity and affordability. Dental implants are artificial titanium roots inserted by a dentist to replace one or more lost teeth. Crowns, false teeth and dentures can then be attached to the titanium fitting. Implants are suitable for most patients with generally good oral health, who have lost teeth due to accidents or severe decay, and can replace a single tooth or entire dentures.

If you have had dental implants fitted, or are thinking of doing so, you need to be aware that you ought to take care of your new teeth. Dental implants can be vulnerable to infection as well, as reported in the British Dental Journal by Dr Aws Alani, a consultant restorative dentist at King’s College Hospital. Patients who do not look after their natural teeth may be at risk of periodontitis, a bacterial infection around the base of the teeth. Similarly, patients who do not look after their implants could be at risk of peri-implantitis, a bacterial infection around the implant. Since the implant is screwed to the jaw, this could lead to more serious problems, including bone loss.

The bottom line is that you need to care for your implants as though they were your natural teeth. Drinking, smoking and not brushing regularly could all put your implants at risk. Regular dental check-ups are essential. Cared for properly, your dental implants could keep you smiling for decades.


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