Does having a tooth implant interest you? Dental implants are a relatively new method for replacing lost teeth but they have become incredibly popular among dentists and patients alike. These replacement teeth restore oral function, look natural, and last for decades. They’re also easy to care for when compared to other tooth replacement methods.
Since this tooth replacement method is newer and unique, you might have questions for our periodontist about how to care for a tooth implant and what to expect during treatment.
What makes up a tooth implant?
There are two major parts to a dental implant. The first is the implant itself, which is made from titanium. The second part consists of a restoration that is attached to an abutment on the implant. Restorations are constructed from various types of materials including porcelain and/or metal alloys.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for tooth implants implants is quite easy when compared to the cumbersome nature of caring for removable prosthetics. Your implants and their restorations are brushed and flossed, just like biological teeth. Since implants are fixed prosthetics, patients do not have to take them out to clean and soak them.
Are there dietary restrictions with a tooth implant?
Dental implants are the closest thing available to natural teeth. People can enjoy a wide range of foods once dental implants are stabilized and their permanent restorations are attached. Those with implants can eat foods that many people with removable prosthetics have difficulty with.
How long will my dental implant last?
When a person maintains their oral health, he or she could enjoy their dental implant for decades. In many cases, people enjoy their implants for the rest of their lives.
Are tooth implants affected by disease?
Dental implants aren’t living structures so they aren’t prone to developing disease. This doesn’t mean that disease can’t negatively affect an implant, though. Patients who develop gum disease and bone deterioration could see their implants fail. This is because the gingiva and bone are vital structures from which an implant draws support.
If you’re interested in replacing lost teeth with dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team at Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.