How To Care for Your Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth, you are probably aware of the effect it can have on your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots or anchors for replacement teeth. The posts trigger the jaw to grow new tissue cells, ensuring the bone is strong enough for the dental implant to stay in place permanently. After the posts are in place, a crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the top of the implant.
Dental Implants Procedure and Aftercare
- First, the dental implant post is surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. Then, we attach a connector called an abutment to the implant post. Finally, a custom-created dental crown is attached to the abutment to replace the missing tooth and its neighboring teeth. The entire procedure can take several months to complete, but the end result is worth it!
- We can perform the procedure under local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation for patients who feel anxious or fearful. These options support relaxation and comfort. We will remove the decayed or damaged tooth first, if necessary. Then we place the implant into the bone of the jaw. Once it has fully healed and the gums have properly healed around the sides of the new implant, and the crown is placed, patients can eat, drink, and speak normally with their new and improved smile.
- Dental implants are durable, lasting for decades with proper care. They look and feel just like natural teeth and provide many health benefits to patients with missing teeth. If you take good care of your oral health and visit us for regular checkups and cleanings, your dental implants should last for a lifetime.
- Caring for implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Patients with dental implants should brush their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Flossing once a day is also necessary to prevent gum disease and cavity development. Regular visits to our office are necessary as well so we can monitor the health of your implant and make sure it’s doing well. Gum disease can lead to implant failure, so it’s crucial to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
- We recommend avoiding chewing hard candies, ice, and other foods that are known to wear down natural teeth. It’s also important to avoid smoking or using tobacco products, which can deteriorate gum health and lead to periodontal disease.
How Long Will Implants Last?
Dental implants are a long-term solution and should last a lifetime when properly maintained. It’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist. Your dentist will check the health and stability of your implant and let you know if repair or maintenance is needed. Be sure to book an appointment right away if your dental implant ever becomes loose or has a noticeable crack—this could indicate a problem with your implant and should be repaired as soon as possible.
To learn more about maintaining your oral health, call us at (718) 459-4700 or visit Creative Dental of Queens at 63-58 Wetherole St, Rego Park, NY 11374.