You Have Dental Implants, Keep Them
You lost your teeth, but you are grateful to have your dental implants.
When you look in the mirror, you can’t tell the difference between your natural teeth and your teeth replacement. And if you can’t tell, then you feel pretty confident that no one else can either.
But that’s not really the best part of having dental implants. The best part may be that you can still eat all the foods that you love.
You can still order steak just the way you like it (medium rare). You can still eat crisp fruits and vegetables, and you can still share candy with your children or grandchildren from time to time.
Now, you need to keep your implants in place. With proper care and maintenance, they can last the rest of your life.
That’s what today’s post from Hubbard & Leath Dental is all about. Our dentists also can answer your questions about implants whether you live close to our office in Rochester Hills, MI, in Troy, or anywhere in between.
Single Tooth Replacement
If you have lost a single tooth, you would receive a dental implant and a dental crown. This may be a combination of titanium and ceramic, but it’s the closest thing you can get to regrowing your lost tooth.
The great thing about this is you should care for it the same way that you care for your natural teeth.
You should continue to brush it twice a day every day while you are brushing your other teeth. You also should floss between your dental crown and your neighboring teeth and below the gumline.
You may not get any cavities in your dental crown, but you can still develop a form of gum disease called peri-implantitis. You may notice bleeding in the gum tissue around your implants when you are flossing. This can be an indication that an infection is taking hold.
It’s important to treat this as soon as possible. We would recommend that you call or make an appointment if you are concerned.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
A patient who is missing multiple teeth may choose to replace them with an implant-supported bridge. In most cases of this type, this is an excellent option.
Bridges are made by fusing two or more dental crowns together. The number of implants needed to support your bridge may vary depending on the size and location of your bridge.
Again, peri-implantitis is a concern. Brush your bridge like your other teeth.
You should still floss between the bridge and the natural teeth on either side of it, too. To clean the bridge itself, you may need to use some special tools, however.
One such tool is a small brush that will allow you to better clean in and around your bridge.
If you have received implant-supported dentures, you will want to do everything you can to keep them. If you spent any time without teeth, then you know how difficult that can make aspects of your life.
As usual, you will want to brush your implants to remove any bacteria from building up. Peri-implantitis and mucositis both can pose problems if you do not practice good dental hygiene.
Mucositis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane around your implants. In a sense, this is the early stage of peri-implantitis. The earlier that you recognize there may be a problem, the sooner we can act.
Prevention Is The Key
If you are missing one or more teeth, there is a good chance you are well-aware of the importance of good oral hygiene.
Remember that the best way to keep your dental implants is the same way that it’s best to keep your natural teeth. You need to have a consistent oral hygiene routine.
You need to be aware of any problems as they are developing and take action to resolve those issues as soon as possible.
And last but not least, you need to keep your regular dental appointments. It doesn’t matter how many of your teeth are real and how many are replacements, routine cleanings and examinations can prevent many problems from getting out of hand.
Talk To Us
The team at Hubbard & Leath Dental knows how much of a difference dental implants have made in the lives of our patients. It’s also why we want to help you do everything that you can to keep your implants for as long as possible.
And remember, you can always use our [appointmen_url] or call 248.266.2528 to contact our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, with questions about dental implants.