When patients are working to restore their smiles after tooth loss, they want a convenient treatment option that won’t require complicated care or major additions to their daily routines. The good news is that dental implants fit the bill.
Because dental implants are so structurally similar to biological teeth, the techniques used to take care of them are quite similar to those that patients have used their whole lives to maintain their biological smiles. Your implant dentist will thoroughly review any special care considerations with you.
Dental Implants Are Comparable To Biological Teeth
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that an implant dentist places in the patient’s jaw to replace the roots of missing teeth. Through a process known as osseointegration, a dental implant becomes a fixture in the jaw after the surrounding bone tissue fuses with it.
Due to this root-like structure, dental implants offer a complete prosthetic tooth. As such, an implant-supported crown can stand alone and access to the gum line is unrestricted, unlike with a fixed dental bridge.
Caring For Your Dental Implants
In order to get the maximum benefit from your dental implants, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene habits to minimize your risk of oral diseases. Most aspects of caring for your dental implants will be quite similar to maintaining your biological smile, such as:
- Brushing your teeth twice each day, using the proper techniques and tools
- Flossing daily
- Staying well hydrated
- Seeing your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings
In certain situations, such as with implant-supported dentures, patients may need to use specialized strategies to clean along the gumline or around the implants. Your dentist will explain this to you and give you a demonstration of how to keep your new smile as clean and healthy as possible.
Additionally, a dental hygienist may need to use different instruments on a dental implant, so it’s important to inform the hygienist of the locations of any implants when getting your teeth cleaned.
One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they require minimal adjustments to your oral health care routine. If you have any questions about this aspect of dental implant treatment, we encourage you to call Fresh Leaf Dental and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.