Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
Like other cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental implants improve oral function and appearance. Since implant dentistry is a relatively new concept, patients tend to have questions about this procedure and how it will affect their daily lives. Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that replace the whole structure of a missing tooth, including its roots. When compared to bridges or dentures, dental implants are quite different and are cared for just like biological teeth.
What makes up a dental implant?
A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post. It is embedded into the jawbone through an oral surgery procedure, and over time, bone will fuse to the post through a natural process called “osseointegration.” Since bone naturally integrates with titanium, the post provides a stable replacement for a lost tooth’s roots. The second component of an implant is a custom-made crown that will replace the visible structure of a tooth. Together, the titanium post and the crown, complete a gapped smile and restore lost oral function.
How does one care for dental implants?
Traditional prosthetics are normally cleaned outside of the mouth with a special brush and left in a sanitary soaking solution. Since implants are not removed, they are cleaned along with the rest of natural teeth. This is done through brushing and flossing. While the implant and the crown are not susceptible to decay, neighboring teeth and the gums are vulnerable to disease. This is why it is important for patients to practice meticulous oral hygiene. Patients with implants should also attend routine dental cleanings and oral examinations.
Are dental implants suitable for everyone?
As with almost any medical procedure, dental implants may not be right for everyone. However, the best candidates for receiving implants are free of gum disease, non-smokers, and those healthy enough to undergo oral surgery.
If you feel that dental implants are an option for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon. After an examination, our team can evaluate whether this tooth replacement procedure is best for you.
Call Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center at 434-295-0911 to reserve an appointment.