Are you missing any teeth? You are certainly not alone. In the United States alone, there are more than 30 million people who are missing all of their teeth on either one or both of their jaws. About 15 million people have bridges or crowns to replace missing teeth. More and more people are getting dental implants to replace these teeth. By 2022, the market for this kind of tooth replacement in the U.S. and Europe is expected to reach at least $4.2 billion. One big reason so many people are looking to dental implant solutions is that they have such a high success rate. It is about 98%. Dental implants are also the closest thing people can get to natural teeth.
There are things you should do to make your experience with dental implant solutions the best it can be. Whether you have whole mouth dental implants, multiple dental implants or just a single implant, these tips can hep you care for them properly.
- Continue to use a toothpaste with fluoride. Unless you have whole mouth implants, you need to make sure you continue to care for your regular teeth as well as the dental implants. Your implants may not need the fluoride but your natural teeth do. Using toothpaste with fluoride is an important part of caring for your natural teeth.
- Brush and floss your teeth every day. For the same reason that you need to use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it, you need to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. This means you should do that at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal is really the best thing you can do. If you cannot get to a place where you can brush your teeth after you eat, you can usually floss. The importance of flossing natural teeth cannot overstated. Flossing regularly is the best way to prevent periodontal problems that can lead to more tooth decay in your natural teeth and problems with your smile.
- Pick the right toothbrush. You should try to pick the right toothbrush for your teeth. People with bridges often use what is called a interdental brush. These are specially designed to clean around braces, wide spaces and bridges. This is because it allows for greater maneuverability. For dental implant maintenance or any post surgical care, these toothbrushes are ideal. Motorized or electric toothbrushes are often recommended by dental health experts. If you are unsure what kind of toothbrush you should get for your situation, talk to your dentist or oral hygienist and see what their opinion is. They should know you and be familiar with the issues facing your teeth and gums.
- Watch the amount of sugar you eat. The dental implants do not decay. That is one reason so many people opt for dental implant solutions. Just because the dental implants themselves do not decay does not mean they cannot experience plaque build up. Plaque build up can lead to serious problems with your gums. The most common thing that encourages plaque build up is the presence of too much sugar on your teeth. That includes your dental implants. You should watch the amount of acids, sugars and starches you get in your diet. These are all problems for your gums. Keeping your gums healthy is a good way to keep yourself healthy.
- Go to your dentist as recommended. Most dentists recommend that their patients go in at least twice a year (every six months) for dental cleanings and check ups. This is just as important when you have dental implant solutions in place as when all of your teeth are your natural and permanent teeth. Even with full mouth dental implants, you still have your gums to worry about and care for. If, in between check ups, you notice unusual symptoms like gums that bleed, you should make an appointment to go in and have that checked. The earlier you have a problem with your gums taken care of, the better.
Dental implants are great. They really do work well and act the most like natural teeth than any other tooth replacement product on the market.