Living With and Caring for Dental Implants
DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE DESIGNED TO CLOSELY REPLICATED BOTH THE FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS OF NATURAL TEETH… Unlike some dental restorations that require frequent removal and cleaning, dental implants can be used and cared for like normal teeth. As opposed to tooth replacement options that simply fit over the gums, dental implants are attached to the jawbone to provide much needed chewing support and important stimulation to the jawbone and gums. This stimulation, which is usually provided by the tooth root, ensures that bone loss and gum recession—and consequently face shape alteration—does not occur.
While it is still important to avoid hard foods such as nut shells or ice that might damage natural teeth, you can feel confident chewing just about anything with your dental implants, knowing that they are anchored for excellent support.
After Surgery Care
After dental implants are in place, it takes a period of time for them to anchor into your jawbone. The healing process takes time, and it is not uncommon to experience tenderness or swelling for a few days. The American Dental Association suggests a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup, in addition to any pain medication that your dental implants dentist prescribes.
Lifelong Care For Dental Implants
The most important way to care for and preserve your dental implants is to maintain excellent oral hygiene after the procedure. Without flossing and brushing daily, infections can easily develop around the dental implants. Consistent dental hygiene is also an essential part of the fusing process between dental implants and the jawbone. A lack of dental hygiene often results in implant failure. When patients floss, brush, and schedule regular dental appointments, dental implants can last a lifetime without needing to be replaced.
Contact a Crown Council Dental Implants Dentist
To learn more about how dental implants can replace your missing teeth and complete your smile, find and contact a Crown Council member dental implants dentist in your area today!