Most people that get Kent dental implants rejoice. They are amazed at how natural it looks and how sturdy it is. They can use it like their natural teeth and eat anything they want without fear. It is certainly a pleasant change from the inconvenience of dentures.
However, cautions the Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology, patients should understand that dental implants could fail.
Patients need to clean around dental implants as carefully as natural teeth. The dentist or dental hygienist should provide the patient with instructions on what to do. Artificial teeth do not decay, but food debris can encourage bacterial growth. This can lead to peri-implantitis. Dentists are noticing a growing number of these cases. Left untreated, it can lead to bone loss in the jawbone, and cause the implant to fail. It may also affect the health of natural teeth surrounding it. Plaque build up can also inflame gums.
Dentists encourage implant patients to cut down or quit smoking altogether. Smoking can slow down the healing process, and encourage bacterial growth. Patients with a tendency to gum disease are especially at risk. The dentist may refuse to go through with the treatment if the patient is unwilling to make lifestyle changes.
Dental implant patients need to go in for regular checkups to make sure everything is as it should be. The dentist will see if there is trouble brewing before the patient feels any symptoms, and can recommend preventative measures. A dentist would recommend professional cleaning for implant patients every three to six months.
Dental implants are definitely an improvement over removable dentures, but they are not without risks. Patients need to do their part in keeping their implants in good condition. This will make them last much longer, and protect the health of the bone and other teeth. In addition, dental implants are a considerable investment, so patients can make the most it by taking a little trouble.