When you think about a false or replacement tooth, a partial denture might come to mind. This is a removable prosthetic consisting of a fake tooth on a retainer supported by other teeth.
A dental implant, however, is different.
How An Implant Works
A dentist places a screw into the jaw where the roots of a tooth would normally be. This is the implant itself. It fuses into the bone and stays there for good. Once the body accepts it, this little screw isn’t going anywhere.
On top of the implant, a small abutment is placed above the gums. This part is the part to which your dentist attaches a crown. The crown (usually porcelain) completes your smile.
Maintaining a Replacement Tooth
An implant stays in place just like any other tooth, so it gets to be cleaned just like all the other teeth. There’s no need to take it out for special cleaning. Just brush and floss it!
Is the Implant Permanent?
However, it’s not invincible. It’s a fact if you have anything in your mouth, whether denture, implant, or natural teeth, it automatically becomes a haven for bacteria that cause different problems.
Implants cannot get cavities like a tooth can. But they could develop a serious infection around them called peri-implantitis. This results from not keeping the area around it clean. Inflammation can weaken the bone around the screw and cause the implant to loosen and fall out. With proper maintenance, this won’t be an issue.
Are you interested in replacing one or more missing teeth? An implant can help you out. Ask your dentist if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.
Posted on behalf of:
Family First Dental
419 N Yelm St
Kennewick, WA 99336
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