2 Ways To Keep Your Dental Implant Problem-Free

After the loss of a tooth, a dental implant restoration can restore the look and functionality of your mouth. A dental implant actually replaces the root of the lost tooth. After the implant heals into position, an abutment has to be placed to connect the implant to a crown for the complete tooth restoration. 

In order to avoid problems with your implants, certain precautions should be taken. Here are a few things you should do to ensure that your implant remains problem free.

Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.

One of the most common issues with dental implants is a condition called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a gum infection that develops around the implantation site. If it becomes severe, it can result in bone and soft tissue loss. 

The infection often occurs because of bacteria that invade the gingival tissue surrounding the dental implant. Thus, lessening the number of bacteria in your mouth can reduce the likelihood of developing peri-implantitis. 

Here are a few things you should look for when selecting your mouth rinse:

  • Antimicrobial ingredients. Additives, such as chlorhexidine and alcohol, can help eliminate oral bacteria. However, chlorhexidine is often a better choice because it does not dry out the tissues of the mouth.
  • Pleasant taste. Taste may not seem important, but if the flavor of a mouth rinse is too intense, you may be less likely to use the rinse on a regular basis. 

Since a mouth rinse can flow into the cracks and crevices around the implant wound, it is an effective way to minimize the number of bacteria near the implantation site.

Use a mouth guard.

Whenever your teeth are subjected to potential trauma, it's best to have a mouthguard in place for protection. Teeth should be protected while playing sports and at night if you regularly grind your teeth. Dental trauma can interrupt the effects of osseointegration.

Dental implants fail when osseointegration does not occur as it should. Osseointegration is the healing process that facilitates the connection of the dental implant to the bone of the jaw. Once it is complete, the dental implant is locked into position. However, if the integration process is interrupted or stopped by a traumatic force, such as a blow to the mouth, the implant fails and cannot reintegrate with the bone. 

Mouth guards that are specifically made for people who actively play sports are often available for purchase over-the-counter. Night guards are also available at local stores. However, custom guards from a dentist are sometimes preferred because of their comfortable fit. 

For more information about protecting your dental implant, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.