Ask anyone who has had dental implants in Birmingham and they will tell you that it is quite a ride. There’s the detailed first consultation to find out if the jawbone can cope with implants, then there’s the actual implant surgery, followed by at least two months healing time before the new teeth can be used properly. All in all, it is not unusual for it to take six months or more to go from beginning to end with the process.

Except, of course, the end is really just the beginning of life with dental implants in Birmingham. Once they are inserted by a good dental practice such as Sutton Implant Clinic, the crowns are fitted and that first steak ordered, that first apple bitten into, life can begin after implants. And it could go on for decades, provided a diligent home dental hygiene is followed and maintenance appointments are kept.

Maintenance Appointments

Most dental implant surgeons will want to see their patients at least once a year to make sure everything is still going well. Dental implants have a 98% success rate but if something does start to go wrong, the earlier it is caught, the easier it will be to fix it. Dental implants in Birmingham should last for at least 15 years and they can last a lot longer. The crowns are likely to need replacing at some point, even if the implant posts themselves last for decades.

Home Hygiene Routine

Plaque and gum disease are the deadly enemies of dental implants, so it remains as important as ever to brush twice a day, using a soft brush around the gum line and over the surface of the crown. This needs to be followed up with a good clean between the teeth using floss and interdental brushes to remove any build-up of plaque.

Professional Hygiene Routine

As well as taking a good few minutes twice a day at home to care for their dental implants, patients also need to visit the dental hygienist, who will remove any plaque that has been missed and hardened into tartar.