If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth. If properly maintained, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a replacement root that is gently placed into the jawbone. The new root is made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees. A replacement tooth crown is then attached to the post. Implants are more stable and feel more like natural teeth than other treatment options.
Advantages of Implants
- Increased longevity
- Easier brushing and flossing
- No unnecessary shaving down of side teeth
- Better chewing efficiency
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.