Tooth loss compromises oral strength, interferes with oral functions, and increases the risk of jawbone loss. Fortunately, dental implants replace missing teeth to address the side effects of tooth loss. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots and anchors for a wide range of dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. For patients who have experienced tooth loss, dental implants are widely recognized as the most superior restorative treatment.
Unfortunately, there is a small risk of dental implant failure. Although it is rare for dental implants to fail, there are factors that can increase the risk of complications following dental implant treatment.
Dr. Chetan S. Patil discusses one of the leading reasons for dental implant failure: poor oral hygiene. He offers his Englewood, NJ patients tips to ensure that the teeth are properly cared for following dental implant placement, so that treatment will be a success.
Oral Health And The Success Of Dental Implants
One of the factors that has the greatest impact on the ultimate success of dental implant treatment is oral health. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and gum tissues. Although the dental implants are placed securely within these tissues, the implants will not be completely stable until they fuse with the natural tissues of the jaw and gums. This process, which is known as osseointegration, is a delicate process that can take several months. For osseointegration to be a success, it is extremely important that the patient maintains good oral health.
Poor oral health can threaten the success of dental implant treatment. If bacteria build up on the teeth and gums, it can lead to inflammation and infection. Infected gums commonly respond by receding, or pulling back from the teeth. Gum recession will interfere with the osseointeration process and leave dental implants loose. The dental implants may even shift out of place.
Maintaining Oral Health After Dental Implant
Dr. Patil provides each of his patients with detailed after-care instructions regarding how to care for the teeth and gums following dental implant treatment. Adhering to these instructions is vital to maintaining good oral health so that the gums can heal properly and the implants can fuse with the jawbone.
Most importantly, patients must continue to brush and floss regularly. The treatment area may feel slightly tender for the first few days after dental implant treatment, but the mouth will still need to be cleaned. Patients should use gentle pressure while ensuring the area is cleaned thoroughly. A salt-water rinse can also be beneficial for cleaning the mouth and preventing infection.
After the mouth has healed, patients must continue to practice good oral hygiene habits. Any serious dental complication, such as gum disease or root canal infection, can compromise the stability of implants. To preserve oral health and minimize the risk of complications, patients should brush and floss regularly and schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are looking for the most natural replacement for missing teeth, look no further than dental implants. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about this revolutionary treatment, and how it can restore the strength, function, and beauty of your smile.