Ways of Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Enough for Dental Implants
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Dr. Chapko
Ideally, you must have good oral and overall health before the dentist can begin work on the dental implant procedure. Healthy gums and sufficient bone in the jaw to hold the implant in place are two essential conditions.
How do I Keep My Mouth Healthy for a Dental Implant?
You cannot initiate a dental implant placement if you've got a periodontal condition. So, ensure good gum health. Your dentist can treat cases of bleeding gums and get you ready for the implant. On your part, ensure that you brush your teeth and avoid foods that can irritate gums and lead to gingivitis or other conditions over time. Such foods include acidic colas, candies, and starchy carbohydrates.
If you smoke, then your dentist will ask you to stop smoking for at least a fortnight before the procedure can commence. Smoking can hinder the recovery process and may even cause the procedure to fail.
Research shows that the elimination of at least 85% of plaque at the site of the dental implant is essential for the success of the dental implant. Therefore, if you're planning for an implant, ensure that plaque deposits do not appear and if they do then you must seek a dentist's services to have them removed.
While a healthy mouth is an essential prerequisite for getting a dental implant, it is also important to have sufficient bone density in the jawbone at the site of the implant. This may not be possible if the tooth loss is not a recent or if there has been sustained bone loss at the site. In such cases, a bone graft is required. For this too, you need good oral health because the grafted bone needs a healthy mouth and time to heal completely.
A dental implant is a very common tooth replacement procedure, and offers definite advantages over dentures and dental bridges. If you wish to know how your oral and overall health may benefit from getting a dental implant, then get in touch with us. Book an appointment now.
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