Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth because they look and act just like natural teeth, giving you a smile to be proud of and restoring your ability to eat a full, healthy, balanced diet full of all your favourite foods. Implants have a very high success rate – up to 98% – but, just like natural teeth, require a good dental hygiene regime to maximise their chances of success. This includes a stringent homecare routine and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist.
Implants can be affected by gum disease, and plaque bacteria can collect on your replacement teeth in the same way it does on natural teeth if you don't have strong oral hygiene practices. If you have gone through the trauma of losing your teeth once, you won't want to lose them again. Therefore, maintenance is an important aspect of dental implant treatment.
In your initial implant treatment plan, your dentist will include follow-up appointments after implant placement and after your new teeth have been fitted. We will see you a week after implant treatment to check everything is healing as it should be, and will then see you again three months later, at which point your new teeth will be fitted. We recommend that you visit us at least once a year after this for an implant health check (more frequently, if your dentist advises it). Our dental implant guarantee requires regular maintenance appointments. You should also see the hygienist regularly, to remove any plaque that may have built up on your new teeth.
Whilst implants have a very high success rate, in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, early intervention can often save your implants and new teeth. Therefore, if you experience anything unusual following implant placement you should contact us immediately to have it checked. If you experience early signs of gum diseases, such as gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or persistent bad breath, you should also book an appointment as soon as possible.