Dental implants can be a permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but they are not maintenance free.  While the dental implant itself and the dental crown covering the implant are not susceptible to decay, the gums and surrounding tissue must be kept healthy.

In fact, dental implants need to be maintained just like regular teeth.This means regular brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings and check-ups.  Ultimately, dental implants can fail due to impact, chronic inflammation, or infection.

How to maintain your dental implants

Once a dental implant heals and integrates with the bone, it is proven to have a very high success rate. However, following proper maintenance will help ensure that your dental implants last a lifetime. It might help to understand how dental implants differ from natural teeth.

Natural teeth, rather than being fused to the bone, are attached by periodontal ligaments. These ligaments are made up of tiny fibers that act as a buffer between the tooth and bone. This allows for a healthy natural tooth to have some movement. Dental implants, on the other hand, are fused to the bone and do not allow any movement. 

If a dental implant becomes loosened from the bone due to impact or infection, it results in the failure of the implant.  Therefore it extra important to maintain the health of the gums and bone when you have dental implants.

Impact to the dental implant

Premature loss of the implant can be caused by habits such as clenching or grinding, chewing hard foods, including ice, and impact that occurs during contact sports.  Steps should be taken to reduce these risks.

Infection and inflammation

Oral bacteria and plaque need to be removed on a regular basis to prevent infections such as periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss.  This is important for natural teeth, but also critical for the long-term success of implant teeth. 

Regular home care of teeth as well as regular professional cleanings are advised to keep bacteria at healthy levels and teeth and gums safe.

Overall health

Health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes that are not managed, can slow the healing process after the dental implant has been placed and increase the risk for periodontal disease.

Home care

Proper home care of your oral health includes brushing twice per day and flossing at least once per day. Additional measures to keep your mouth healthy and clean include using an electric toothbrush and antibacterial mouth rinses.

Regular cleanings

Ask our dentists and dental hygienists how often you should have a dental cleaning at our clinic.  Depending on your oral health, cleanings may be recommended as often as every 3 months and on average between 6 and 9 months between cleanings.  Professional cleanings with a trained dental hygienist are essential to helping you clean areas of your mouth that cannot be reached by home care. If not addressed, these problem areas can lead to loss of your dental implant.

Getting started

Dental implants are a sturdy and long-lasting replacement for lost teeth – if the right care is taken.  We look forward to helping you and your family with all of your dental implant and general dental needs in Calgary SE.  Contact our experienced dental team today to book an appointment!

Dental implants can be a permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but they are not maintenance free.  While the dental implant itself and the dental crown covering the implant are not susceptible to decay, the gums and surrounding tissue must be kept healthy.

In fact, dental implants need to be maintained just like regular teeth.This means regular brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings and check-ups.  Ultimately, dental implants can fail due to impact, chronic inflammation, or infection.

How to maintain your dental implants

Once a dental implant heals and integrates with the bone, it is proven to have a very high success rate. However, following proper maintenance will help ensure that your dental implants last a lifetime. It might help to understand how dental implants differ from natural teeth.

Natural teeth, rather than being fused to the bone, are attached by periodontal ligaments. These ligaments are made up of tiny fibers that act as a buffer between the tooth and bone. This allows for ahealthy natural tooth to have some movement. Dental implants, on the other hand, are fused to the bone and do not allow any movement. 

If a dental implant becomes loosened from the bone due to impact or infection, it results in the failure of the implant.  Therefore it extra important to maintain the health of the gums and bone when you have dental implants.

Impact to the dental implant

Premature loss of the implant can be caused byhabits such as clenching or grinding, chewing hard foods, including ice, and impact that occurs during contact sports.  Steps should be taken to reduce these risks.

Infection and inflammation

Oral bacteria and plaque need to be removed on a regular basis to prevent infections such as periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss.  This is important for natural teeth, but also critical for the long-term success of implant teeth. 

Regular home care of teeth as well as regular professional cleanings are advised to keep bacteria at healthy levels and teeth and gums safe.

Overall health

Health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes that are not managed, can slow the healing process after the dental implant has been placed and increase the risk for periodontal disease.

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