Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?

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You are missing a tooth, and this completely changes your entire way of living. For instance, you have to adjust your smile for the camera in order to hide the gap—even if it means not showing your teeth at all—and chewing in that spot isn’t possible. The best tooth replacement option is a dental implant, which is structured to resemble your original tooth. However, in order for your dental implant to last a lifetime, it requires special care—just like your regular teeth do.

Dental implants are so effective at replacing missing teeth because they are stable and look like real teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is embedded in the jawbone where your tooth is missing. Then, a connecting piece called an abutment is placed on top of the screw. Finally, a cap that looks like a natural tooth—called a crown—is positioned on the screw above the gum line to fill the space between your teeth.

Although dental implants are built to last the rest of your life, this will only happen if you take care of them. Several steps will help you to maintain your dental implants for life.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. An electric toothbrush may especially be helpful because it cleans your teeth more thoroughly and prevents you from brushing too hard, which can damage your gums. It also helps you to brush your dental implant for the proper amount of time (30 seconds in each of your mouth’s four quadrants). Stay away from toothpastes that contain abrasive substances which can damage the porcelain crown on your implant.

Floss at least once daily. Floss threaders are particularly handy for removing food particles around dental implants. Your dentist will demonstrate how to use them. You can also use small interproximal brushes to clean between an implant and a tooth when the implant is in an area that is hard to reach.

Visit your dentist for cleanings regularly—at least every six months.

By following the right steps, you can be sure that your new dental implants will stay clean, healthy and intact. Contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 to learn more about this effective tooth replacement option and how to care for it properly so that you can chew and smile confidently for life.