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Keeping Dental Implants Healthy

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Dental implants are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth. Took keep them lasting for an extended period of time, it’s important to take necessary steps so that they stay healthy and disease free.

Everyday Home Care

Have you ever heard the saying, “just floss the teeth you want to keep?” The same can be said for your dental implants! Gentle brushing and flossing will keep bacteria from depositing itself along the implant and finding its way under the gum tissue. A variety of home care aids can be used…just ask your dentist or hygienist about ideas that are simple yet effective when it comes to keeping your mouth free of plaque. For instance, some patients prefer tufted floss that can be threaded underneath their prosthesis, while others like to use a water flosser in lieu of any type of floss.

Routine Professional Care

Implants require special instruments to be used during your cleaning appointments to remove tartar deposits. These instruments are not used on your other teeth. By removing deposits along the implant prosthesis and monitoring the attachment levels around your implant, problems can be prevented or addressed at their earliest stages. Just like your natural teeth, you should have your implant teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months at your dental office.

You’ve made the investment in your implants; now make the commitment to keep them healthy for years. With professional care and dedicated home hygiene, many patients enjoy implants that last an entire lifetime. Talk to your dentist about your implant health today, and keep your new smile lasting for decades.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Dental Implants Are Not For Everyone

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If you are missing one or more teeth, you could be a candidate for dental implants, one of the most popular and effective tooth replacement methods available today. But first you will have to talk to your dentist and perhaps a periodontist to see if you meet the requirements.

Dental implants are basically titanium posts that are fused to the upper or lower jaw. The dental prosthetic, be it a single tooth or an entire set of teeth, is then attached to the post or posts. Dental implants are long lasting and are considered the most tooth-like of all replacement types.

To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must:

  • Be free of gum disease, cavities or any other compromising dental issues.
  • Have enough jaw bone to maintain a secure base for the titanium post. If not, sometimes surgery can be performed to extend the bone.
  • Be free of any chronic disease such as diabetes or leukemia, which can hinder the healing process following surgery.
  • Time is also a factor. Depending on how much surgery is needed to replace bone tissue and how many teeth need to be replaced, the entire process can take from several months to as long as a year or more.

In the procedure, the posts are placed first, followed by a period of healing. Next, the crown or bridge is fitted and then constructed. Then, the prosthetic is affixed to the post and, finally, there is usually a follow-up appointment to make sure the implant is working properly.

Dental implants last longer than other tooth replacement options. They’re also more aesthetically pleasing, with the most skilled periodontists and dentists able to create a smile for you that is as close to natural as possible and in many cases even better.

Posted on Behalf of Envy Smile


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