Maintaining Your Smile and Monitoring Your Symptoms
Take note of any pain or strange symptoms if you have had dental implants fit before the pandemic.
A third of UK adults are revealed to be unhappy with their smile, according to a 2019 report published by Bupa Dental Care. In the survey, 27% of Brits admitted that they avoided displaying their teeth whilst smiling, 22% dodged having their photo taken altogether and 18% even cover their face whilst smiling to prevent people from seeing their teeth. Tooth loss is a leading factor in this smile unhappiness, which is why dental implants have been lauded as being such as fantastic solution. If you have had dental implants fit in the last few months and are wondering how best to look after them during the pandemic, then follow this guide.
Stay In Touch With Your Dental Clinic
Dentists are officially open for business following the government lockdown, but with rigorous guidelines in place to prevent the spread of infection, each practice has their own individual operating restrictions. Some are only able to offer emergency appointments. If you had been scheduled to have your implants checked, or feel that something has changed and you need to see a dentist, then you should get in touch with your practice. They will be able to offer the most up-to-date advice on the current situation and their availability to see you.
Keeping Your Implants Clean
In the meantime, a dental implants Essex team explains the importance of keeping your teeth clean to avoid infection. Peri-implant disease is a common infection that can occur around the site of your implant. The condition is very similar to gum disease, in that it is caused by a build-up of plaque that isn’t effectively cleaned away through brushing. Failure to keep your implants clean can ultimately result in bone loss around your implant. It’s easy to stay hygienic by using a soft-bristle brush and paying attention to the area under and around the implant. You might also use an interdental brush in the same way.
Pain or soreness around your implant will probably be the first sign that there is a problem. These can range from minor infections to full-blown peri-implant disease, which is why you should always take your symptoms seriously. If you notice redness or soreness around your gums, then begin by giving your teeth a thorough clean, and finishing with an antiseptic mouthwash for a minimum of five to seven days. This is the only type of implant problem which you should attempt to treat at home.
If you notice swelling in any part of your mouth or face, as well as difficulty chewing or any loosening of the implant itself, then it’s essential that you get in touch with your dentist, or NHS 111 in the case of an emergency. Always mention the full extent of your symptoms when calling to try and book an appointment, as this will help your dental practitioner to understand the severity of your condition.
Dental implants have the ability to transform a person’s self-confidence and offer a fresh start to someone who has experienced tooth loss. However, they need to be maintained well to preserve your smile and keep you in good health.