After dental implants treatment: Mississauga, ON dentist shares care tips
Are you considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, or have you already had this treatment? Proper home care is essential to your continued enjoyment of restored appearance and oral function. Dr. Jameela Jifri shares this helpful information for patients in the Mississauga, ON area.
Importance of implants
Until the 1980s, people with missing teeth had three options:
- Do nothing, which eventually compromised overall oral health, and impaired speech, diet, and appearance.
- Denture – While a removable prosthetic restores appearance, it can lack stability, reducing oral function.
- Bridge – This restoration is affixed to adjacent dentition, replacing one or more missing teeth in a row. Like a denture, a bridge sits on top of gum tissue.
A single gap may be rectified with a dental implant. Implants can also be placed at multiple locations in the mouth, used to anchor a bridge without impacting healthy tooth structure, or serve as a solid foundation for a denture. Since an implant resides in and becomes part of jaw, it provides healthy bone stimulation, just like the root of a natural tooth.
Extend the benefits of dental implants treatment in Mississauga, ON
If any exposed surface of the implant (such as threads at the gum line) is scratched, risk of corrosion increases. Brush after eating, using a soft toothbrush – manual or electric. Avoid toothpaste that contains sodium or stannous fluoride or baking soda, or is advertised as stain-removing or for smokers.
Dr. Jifri recommends unwaxed dental floss or tape. To get tight contacts clean, wrap floss around the implant restoration, crisscrossed in front. Move it gently up and down to clean sides of the crown as well as the peri-implant crevice. If you have bar-retained implant dentures, a floss threader is helpful.
Swish with antimicrobial mouth rinse after brushing and flossing to get at hard-to-reach crevices. Work it in with a rubber-tipped stimulator for healthy, keratinized tissue that creates a tight gum seal. Oral irrigation with a water flosser gently flushes food debris and bacteria, while stimulating healthy circulation in soft tissues.
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