One of the benefits of dental implants is that they are basically like your natural teeth. They don’t really require any special care: just brush, floss, and make your regular dental visits. But that doesn’t mean they’re exactly like your natural teeth in all respects. You need to make sure that your oral care doesn’t end up damaging the gums around your dental implants.
Avoiding Receding Gums around Dental Implants
Although the titanium in dental implants is highly biocompatible and integrates very well with your jawbone, it isn’t exactly like your natural tooth material. In particular, your gum tissues may not bond to the dental implant the same way they bond to your natural tooth, which makes the gums around your dental implants vulnerable to receding.
Aggressive tooth brushing is a leading cause of receding gums. Make sure you brush carefully around your dental implant. The same goes for flossing. One of the hardest things to achieve in getting an attractive dental implant is maintaining the little triangle of gums between your teeth–called the papilla–and if it’s gone, you might not be able to get it back.
Dental hygienists also have to make sure that they treat your dental implant with care at your regular hygiene visit. The first step in approaching your implants properly is knowing that they’re there. Unless you see the hygienist consult your chart, remind them about the location of your dental implants.
Our hygienists make sure not to probe too aggressively around dental implants, and we use soft tips on our ultrasonic scaler. Of course, the best thing would be to prevent tartar buildup so it doesn’t have to be removed. This means doing your best job brushing and flossing at home, and it might also mean having more regular hygiene visits (perhaps every 3-4 months, depending on your situation).
If the hygienist flosses, a gentle touch should be employed. Mention if you think an aggressive technique is being used. For polishing, the hygienist should avoid coarse polishing pasts–the finer and gentler, the better.
If you are looking for a dentist who is prepared to not only place your dental implants in Summerlin, but take care of them, too, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with an implant dentist at the office of Dr. James B. Polley.