Aftercare & Ongoing Maintenance
We recommend seeing a dental hygienist every 3-6 months indefinitely (depending on your homecare and gum health). This part of your aftercare and allows any problems to be identified early on before they become big ones.
It is important to see the dentist regularly also and we need to take x-rays and check the gums regularly too. This will vary depending on the complexity of the case. It is important to realise that dental implants need to be looked after and things can happen if they are neglected. If you are losing a small amount of bone every year, which is not identified due to you not seeing your dentist, the implant can be lost unnecessarily.
How long do dental implants last?
People ask us every day how long do dental implants last. This is the same question as asking, “How long do natural teeth last for?” If you take care of your natural teeth they can last a lifetime and it is the same with dental implants. Some people are more prone to problems with teeth and implants. Severe gum disease is an autoimmune condition where the gum and bone are attacked by the body in the presence of bacteria. Changing your genetic make-up is something beyond dentistry.
If you do not brush your teeth correctly, you will lose them. If you take too much sugar in your diet every day, you will develop problems (although implants are unaffected). If you do not attend your dentist and dental hygienist, you will get gum problems. It is the same with dental implants. It’s really up to you but we are here to help.
Dental implants are usually the best choice for replacing missing teeth. Having an expert perform the treatment with the best backup available is recommended for a good long term result.
Seapoint Clinic offers the best clinic in Ireland to have this treatment carried out due to our team and facilities. We have been here for many years and the clinic is here for the long term to ensure your needs are cared for.
If you are going elsewhere for aftercare, make sure you do your research into the clinic to ensure it will be there in the long term and that what they promise is what you get.