At Lake Bluff Dental, Dr. Griffin specializes in implant dentistry. As a qualified prosthodontist, Dr. Griffin can provide you with the care you need to keep your implants healthy, and ensure a long lifespan for your new smile. When you come in for implant treatment at our office, we take a communicative, educational approach to ensure that you know what to expect and that you are comfortable through every step of your treatment.
Proper implant maintenance starts with at-home care. Oral care details for your implants will vary based on the type of implant you have. Single-tooth implants, for example, can be treated just like a natural tooth. Simply brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once a day to keep your implant healthy and prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria.
Implant-supported bridges and non-removable implant-supported dentures like All-On-Four require more complex care. You must clean underneath the denture or bridge to remove plaque and food debris, and prevent inflammation and infection of the gums.
You should use a Waterpik or other water flosser to clean below your bridge or denture twice per day, floss under the bridge or denture once daily, and use a sulcus brush to clean between the gums and your dental work. Rinsing with mouthwash will also help keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Griffin will provide you with a comprehensive set of cleaning instructions after your implant-supported restoration is placed.
Removable implant-supported dentures are easy to clean. They can simply be removed from your mouth at night, and brushed with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. Then, your dentures should be soaked in water or denture-soaking solution overnight.
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require both at-home care and in-office cleaning to keep them in great shape. That’s why you should make sure you visit Dr. Griffin every six months for a consultation and to have an oral exam. Whether you have just one dental implant or a full-arch restoration, Dr. Griffin will be able to examine your mouth, clean around your implants and your teeth, and make sure that your mouth is healthy. As an experienced prosthodontist, you can trust Dr. Griffin to take great care of both your implants and your natural teeth.
In most cases, dental implants will last 30+ years with proper placement and care. Most patients can keep their implants for the rest of their lives. However, it’s important to note that the lifespan of dental implants can be shortened if you do not take proper care of them, due to issues like peri-implantitis (gum disease near the implant site) and other oral health issues.
It’s also important to distinguish the lifespan of dental implants themselves from implant-supported restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures. While implants usually last 30+ years, the lifespan of implant-supported restorations can range between 10-20 years.