Traditionally, replacing teeth was accomplished with dental bridges or dentures. But advancements in modern dentistry has now placed dental implants as a popular solution to permanently replace missing teeth. Read on to learn about this amazing restorative dentistry procedure, as well as tips to care for a dental implant.
Dental Implants 101
Modern dental implants are the most advanced dental technology available to replace teeth, and are the only tooth replacement option that actually helps stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. First, an evaluation of your jawbone density and gum health is needed to determine whether you are a candidate for a dental implant. Then, a biocompatible titanium implant that serves as an artificial tooth root is surgically implanted into your jawbone. After it heals and bonds with the natural bone, a realistic-looking artificial tooth (called a dental crown) is custom-made to fit over a connector (or “abutment”) that attaches to the implant.
The completed dental implant looks and feels as natural as can be! However, it is impossible for an implant to get a cavity like a real tooth. Neat, huh? But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to proper oral care. In fact, poor oral health can contribute to diseased gums and bone loss, which will compromise the strength and integrity of your implant (because it attaches to your jawbone through your gums). Therefore, dental implants require excellent daily hygiene, just like regular teeth.
Tips to Care for Your Dental Implant
1. Brush, Floss & Rinse
Brushing twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing at least once every day to remove dental plaque and food particles are still as important as ever. You can use the same soft-bristled toothbrush and the same toothpaste that you use on your natural teeth. In addition, frequent rinsing of your mouth with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash can help keep the surrounding gum tissue healthy.
2. Regular Checkups
Regular checkups are vital when you have dental implants. During this examination, we’ll make sure your dental implant is not failing, your gums are healthy, and that your remaining natural teeth are strong. Early detection of any dental issues will save you future money, time, and hassle, so don’t put off your biannual appointment.
3. Receive Dental X-Rays & Professional Cleanings
Often, we like to X-ray the area around a dental implant every six months for the first two years. At your appointment, we’ll also use special instruments to make sure you leave our office with a squeaky clean and undamaged dental implant.
Schedule Your Next Appointment!
Every six months, visit us to have your natural teeth, as well as any dental implants, evaluated for any issues. If we detect any problems, we’ll work with you to find a solution that is best for your unique situation. Contact us Farmington Dental and Orthodontics today to set up your next appointment.