Implants are just like natural teeth in that they need to be looked after in order to last a lifetime.

Just like your natural teeth, it’s important to brush and floss an implant daily. Bacteria can harbour around the implant and cause an infection that can lead to loss of the implant, just like with your natural teeth.  Your dentist can show you how to floss effectively around the implant to ensure it stays healthy for life.

Another important maintenance tip for dental implant longevity is to make sure you aren’t grinding your teeth in your sleep.  Grinding can cause chips and breaks to your implant crown, which leads to costly repairs.  If you grind in your sleep, a dentist can make you an overnight splint that will help protect your implant and your other teeth from undue wear and tear.

Implant surgery success rates are extremely high and an implant can last a long time if it’s taken care of.  With simple maintenance at home, you can avoid complications after a successful implant surgery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.