Maintenance Of Dental Implants

What You Need To Know


If you have dental implants or you are thinking of getting dental implants then one of the most important factors to consider and get informed about is maintenance. As a registered orthodontist Glasgow, Berkeley Clinic has extensive experience with the provision of a wide range of dental treatments including maintenance and fitting of dental implants Glasgow residents have entrusted for years. Getting dental implants is just the first step of the process. After that good maintenance is essential to preserve them in good condition. So here is a couple of things you should know in order to ensure that your dental implants are well-taken care of.

Understanding dental implants

The function of the dental implant is to replace a tooth that has been damaged and undergone serious dental procedures like root canal treatment. As part of the fitting of dental implants Glasgow, an implant screw is fitted in the root canal. On top of it is positioned an abutment which connects the implant with the dental crown or any other dental work such as dental bridge or removable dentures. The implant itself is made from titanium and is uniquely osteophilic or in other words “bone-loving”, which enables it to fuse to the bone during a process called osseointegration. At the place where the abutment comes in contact with the gum tissue a material called collagen is used to support the connection and hold the gum tissue against the implant surface. As a result of the structure of the dental implants and the way they are attached to the bone and gums they require different maintenance than natural teeth.

Brushing your teeth

Just as the natural teeth need cleaning, so do the dental implants. This is important in order to keep the surrounding tissue healthy which provides good support for the implant. Plague collects on the implant crowns and must be removed daily, just like with natural teeth. If this is not done an infection can develop and result in loss of the attachment and failure of the implant fitting. If an infection or inflammation develops it can lead to loss not only of the implant but also to bone. It is important to brush your teeth twice a day to preserve good oral hygiene.

Using interdental brush

As the structure of the implant is different from the natural teeth it is recommended to use an interdental brush to clean between the teeth and the dental implants. The interdental brushes come in different sizes depending on your individual needs and your orthodontist Glasgow will be able to recommend the right size for you. Check the video below for a demonstration on how to use the interdental brush.

Cleaning at the dentist

Visiting the dentist regularly is very important in maintaining a good oral hygiene. In the case that you have a dental implant fitted it becomes even more important as regular cleaning is needed. Your dental hygienist has the expertise to select the right tools for cleaning your teeth and dental implants. This will depend on the nature of the debris (biofilm, foods, calculus, tartar etc.), its location and the type of surface on which it accumulates. An orthodontist Glasgow has to select instruments that will not damage the crown, implant or abutment and will keep them polished and smooth. This is important as a scratched crown can attract bacteria and cause an infection.

Contact Berkeley Clinic Glasgow

As a registered orthodontist Glasgow that offers quality fitting and maintenance of dental implants Glasgow residents have been relying on for years, Berkeley Clinic has the experience and skills to take care of you and your dental implants. We offer a range of dental treatments and have received numerous awards for quality, indicating the great satisfaction of our patients. Whether you are looking for teeth whitening Glasgow, for dental implants or any other dental treatment we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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