Dental implants are the latest and greatest when it comes to tooth replacement these days. But dentists still caution patients to not rush the decision to get just any type of new treatment.
You should be aware of these three key facts before you commit to getting a dental implant.
Just because an implant is an artificial tooth doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. True, it won’t develop cavities. But the gums and bone around it can still get infected if you don’t clean it well.
To keep your implant secure in your mouth for life, you’ll have to clean it every day. This includes brushing it right along with your other teeth and flossing around it daily. Your dentist who places the implant will have more specific care instructions.
Your tongue will perceive the implant as any other tooth. But you will notice that it doesn’t have the sensation or “spring” that other teeth do. This is because the implant is rooted directly into the bone while other teeth have a layer of ligaments supporting them in the sockets.
This design puts your implant at some risk, as well. Natural teeth can heal from minor trauma if they are bumped, thanks to the ligaments. But if an implant is knocked loose, it may need to be replaced.
Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. But they really can’t match the stability and function of natural teeth. So hold onto your pearly whites for as long as possible! Ask your dentist for advice if you’re thinking of replacing a tooth with an implant.
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Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
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