Your Guide to Dental Implant Care
We speak a lot of about dental implants with our patients because we recognize that dental implants are the top option for patients who are in need of dental restorations. There is no other restoration on the market that addresses the same needs as a dental implant, and no other restoration that can do the job as well as a dental implant!
With that being said, dental implants are a fairly new idea to most of our patients. We spend a lot of time talking about how to care for that dental implant to ensure that it will last for the many years to come. After all, a dental implant is supposed to be a life-long restoration, but it requires care.
Today, we want to talk about how to care for your dental implant. We want you to know the ins and outs of this amazing restoration so that should you ever need one, you will have a basic understanding of the abilities of an implant and what it will take to keep that restoration healthy and safe in your smile!
When is a Dental Implant Used?
A dental implant is used to replace or restore the roots of your teeth. It is the only restoration on the market that does this. The root of the tooth plays an important role. It holds the tooth in place and gives an anchor to the jawbone. Without a tooth root, your bone will begin to lose mass, which will ultimately alter the shape of your face making you look older than you are.
Single-Tooth Restoration: A dental implant can be used when a single tooth has come out of your mouth. Whether the tooth was knocked out or extracted, we can place a dental implant soon after to restore the missing tooth root. We will also place a crown on top of the implant to fill the gap in your smile.
Multi-Tooth Restoration: Implants are also great for restoring multiple teeth, even all of your teeth! We can use implants to replace each individual tooth, but most patients prefer to use implants as anchors for larger appliances, like dentures. The dentures attach to the implants to create a firm, secure restoration of your smile.
Caring for Your Dental Implant
You can see how a dental implant can absolutely change a life. For a patient who has been missing teeth or worrying about slippery dentures, dental implants offer a real solution that will give that person confidence once again! It’s important that the patient knows how to care for that dental implant so that it stays in place for a lifetime! Let’s take a quick look at how to make sure that happens.
Daily Hygiene: Your brushing and flossing routine is very important to maintaining the health of your smile and your dental implant. You don’t have to do anything special for your implant, but you do need to brush twice each day, and floss around all of your teeth, including your dental implant, at least once each day.
Routine Cleanings: Just as your daily routine is still important, so is your routine six month cleaning. When you come into the office, we will check the health of your implant, give it a good cleaning, and work to keep the rest of your teeth healthy so that you don’t end up with more implants in the future!
Poor Care = Lost Implant
If you fail to take great care of your implant, you will lose it. It’s plain and simple because an implant is just like a natural tooth. If you fail to clean and care for your natural teeth, what happens? They fall out. An implant works in a similar way.
Risk of Gum Disease: An implant is secured in your jawbone. There is one, very common, ailment that weakens the jawbone and causes the loss of teeth (and implants). That is gum disease. If you don’t care for your teeth and implant, you are putting your teeth at risk for gum disease, which can lead to the loss of your implant.
Wasted Investment: Losing a tooth wasn’t fun. After all, it was your natural tooth, but that tooth came to you as a freebie! Your implant, on the other hand, was an investment. You put your hard-earned money into that restoration, so it’s important that you do what you can to protect it!
Learn More Here!
Do you have a dental implant or think you might need one? Learn how to best care for that implant right here at Overmeyer Family Dental. We have the answers to your questions, and we can help you better understand how to care for your restoration!
Contact us today to set up an appointment for a cleaning or exam. We would love to help you have a happier, healthier smile today!