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Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
Here are four important advantages of dental implants, compared to alternatives such as dentures and bridges:
Of course, you’re also probably wondering how you should take care of your dental implants immediately following the procedure.
After you get dental implants, you’re likely going to experience some discomfort and swelling over the next 24 hours. This is normal.
Here are some things to do after your procedure:
Also, remember that you shouldn’t drive yourself home after the procedure.
We know that patients with a beautiful white smile are more likely to be successful and have higher self-esteem, you should be downright ecstatic about your dental implants and NEW SMILE!
In order for you to maintain your gorgeous smile and get the full benefits of your dental implants, you need to make sure you take care of your dental implant investment.
Your dental implant care starts from the minute you walk out of our office.
So, how do you take care of your implants?
Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know about caring for your dental implants and NEW SMILE.
After a success dental implant surgery, you may need to switch to soft toothbrushes as these nylon toothbrushes come with bristles that are pliable and gentle on your dental implants. You can also use a Proxabrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas around your dental implants.
Be sure you avoid hard bristled toothbrushes, as these can scratch the surface of your implants and damage the gum tissues. In fact, you should avoid using any sort of metal instrument to clean your mouth once your implants are in place.
Instead, just stick to regular brushing and flossing twice a day and supplemented with a WaterPik.
Whether it’s toothpaste or mouthwash, you’ll want to stick to buying sensitive cleaning products as much as possible once you get your dental implants.
Abrasive products can cause extreme discomfort to the gingiva.
In general, you’ll also want to avoid oral hygiene products with intense flavors, like mint or cinnamon, as these can cause an uncomfortable feeling in your mouth.
Did you know that only 16% of America adults floss every day? This means that 84% of people aren’t flossing enough!
If you’re not flossing consistently, then it’s time to change things now that you have dental implants.
With dental implants, flossing becomes more important than ever. This is because plaque can easily accumulate around your implants, which can lead to other oral hygiene issues.
The great thing is, there are many types of flosses out there designed specifically for those with dental implants which makes flossing easy
If you have trouble taking time out of your day to floss, then keep these tips in mind that will help you floss more often:
This is great for those days when you feel too busy!
By having floss on you at all times, you can take advantage of any downtime you have to take care of your teeth.
If you need an incentive to finally start flossing, that’s OK. Reward yourself with an extra episode of your favorite TV show. If you make it 30 days in a row flossing, then make the reward even bigger. Think a pair of new shoes or a day at the spa! Treat yourself as a way of taking care of yourself!
If you floss while you’re watching TV or doing something else that’s mindless, it won’t feel like as much of a chore.
It can also be a good idea to invest in a Waterpik, as this takes a lot of the grunt work out of flossing.
Eating hard/sticky foods can result in damage to your implants. Not to mention, these foods can cause damage to opposing teeth as well.
Some foods you should avoid after getting implants include:
By avoiding these foods, your dental implants will stay healthy.
Avoiding smoking and alcohol is a good idea for your health in general. But it is particularly important that you avoid these substances when you have dental implants.
Remember, your dental implants take about 6 months to heal, so smoking during this time period can be particularly detrimental. Also, drinking alcohol is shown to slow down the healing process of dental implants, so this should be avoided as much as possible.
Dental implants can help improve your smile. However, they’re not a cure for all dental hygiene issues.
Depending on your overall oral health, you should plan to visit your dentist at least twice per year.
With proper care and regular visits to the dentist, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Maintenance is the KEY!
As you can see, caring for your dental implants is fairly easy and straightforward.
If you have any questions about dental implant care, please let us know in the comments below.
And, if you still need to schedule your dental implant procedure, 714-542-8888.