Dental implants are extremely long-lasting, with a 98 percent success rate and the potential to last a lifetime if properly cared for. People who have only one or a few implants should have their cleanings and checkups every six months for obvious reasons: they still have natural teeth, so that goes without saying.
However, some patients assume that because they have dental implants, they don’t need to see their dentist and hygienist for routine cleanings and checkups. “Why do I need to see a dentist if I have false teeth that don’t decay?” they reason. That’s a good question.
Brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and, of course, frequent dental check-ups are all required for dental implants. Even if you only have dental implants and no natural teeth, regular cleanings and check-ups are still necessary. If you have dental implants, your hygienist will simply use a modified cleaning routine and particular devices to thoroughly clean them.
Instead of looking for cavities, they’ll inspect your gums for evidence of gum disease, as well as any signs or symptoms of peri-implantitis, which is an infection of dental implants. (*a pathological condition characterized by inflammation in the peri-implant connective tissue and progressive loss of supporting bone in the tissues surrounding dental implants.) Maintaining the health of your teeth, including dental implants, necessitates routine maintenance and skilled cleaning.
How Often Will You Be Required To Visit Our Dental Clinic?
We see our implant patients twice a year on average. Occasionally, even more frequently. The regimen differs differently from one patient to the next, based on a number of elements unique to each circumstance. Our dentist will suggest a schedule based on your specific needs.
What If You Have An Implant Prosthesis That Can Be Removed? (such as an implant overdenture)
Even if you brush your prostheses every day and keep them looking spotless, you should still see your dentist every six months for exams and professional cleanings to ensure the health of your implants. We can assist you in properly cleaning your dentures and removing deeper stains and tartar from your prosthesis as needed. We’ll also be able to keep an eye on any clips, snaps, or attachments that need to be replaced on a regular basis. This keeps things in check and makes them more useful. We also take x-rays on a regular basis to ensure that the implants and supporting bone are in good working order.
Call or message us today at My Smile Artist in San Antonio, Texas, if you are missing any teeth, seeking alternatives to dentures, or simply want to learn more about dental implants.