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After Care

  1. What do I need to do to maintain my implants?
  2. What can go wrong with dental implants?

What do I need to do to maintain my implants?

Implants require the same care to maintain them as healthy natural teeth. This care is the same as would be required to maintain a healthy natural dentition and involves a simple everyday tooth brushing and cleaning routine. Like natural teeth if dental implants are not cared for correctly deposits of plaque and calculus can develop around the implants which can produce inflammation and infection. Like natural teeth this can lead to gum disease and as gum disease can lead to loss of natural teeth so it can also lead to loss of dental implants.

Well maintained and cared for implants placed in healthy adequate bone should last for many years. Like natural teeth, with the passage of time, the crowns bridges or dentures may become worn or damaged and need repair or replacement. However, unlike conventional methods your new teeth can easily be repaired or replaced using the same implants for support.


What can go wrong with dental implants?

There are a limited number of things that can go wrong with dental implants. As described previously the success rate of dental implants is over 95%. This of course means that in less than 5% there may be problems.

The implant can fail to osseointegrate or could become infected. This would mean that the implant would be lost. This is uncommon but is more common in smokers or those with previous problems with aggressive gum disease or mouth infections. It is therefore wise to reduce or give up smoking if you are thinking of having dental implants. If you are a heavy smoker it may mean you would be unsuitable for complex treatments.

There are a number of anatomical considerations that need to be made when placing implants in either the upper or lower jaw. These relate to the amount of bone and its relation to the cheek sinuses in the upper jaw and the relation to a nerve supplying the lower lip in the lower jaw. Your consultant and the team will routinely discuss these with you at time of your consultation as it is (or if it is) relevant to your case