Dental implants are a popular option when it comes to tooth replacement due to their longevity. Since these are the most realistic teeth you can choose, they are also expected to last just as long as your natural teeth. However, just as your natural teeth can decay, implants are also susceptible to damage if not taken care of in the appropriate manner. Care and maintenance for your dental implants should begin from the moment you have them installed if you would like to recover quickly and get your teeth back on track. Here are some tips to making the most of your dental implants.
Opt for a temporary crown
Some patients may be impatient to get their smile back and choose to opt for a permanent crown the moment they have their dental implant installed. However, you need to consider that this implant is being directly embedded into your jawbone. As such, you should give the jaw some time to get used to the titanium and grow around it without additional pressure. Once you get a permanent crown, the implants will have more pressure exerted on them. This could slow down the healing process. If the implant is located at the back of your mouth, you would be best advised to leave it untouched for a while until the jawbone will be ready for the a permanent crown. Frontal teeth on the other hand can have temporary crowns affixed if you would prefer a natural appearance from the get go. With that said and done, you will have the option of opting for immediate restoration which refers to the process of having the dental implant and permanent crown installed on the same day.
Thorough cleaning of the dental implants
As much as dental implants resemble natural teeth, they are not as susceptible to rot and decay. However, this does not mean that you can now slack on your oral health. If you do not take proper measures to thoroughly clean the spaces in between your teeth, you could end up developing periodontal diseases. When these affect your gum, they then pose a risk to the stability of the implant as they gradually spread to the jawbone. Increased bone loss will affect the dental implant and thus you could end up losing it. It is pertinent to ensure you are taking measures to avoid the development of plaque or other oral diseases as this will determine the longevity of your dental implants.Share
11 August 2015
Hi! Welcome to my blog! My name is Kerry, and this blog is focused on dental fillings. It looks at the history of fillings, options for contemporary fillings, how to protect your fillings, when to replace them and much more. If you have ever had a cavity filled or if you are planning to get a tooth filled, you will find the information in this blog useful. I try to look at fillings from all angles, and I even plan to look at how to avoid fillings through proper dental hygiene and sealants. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find the info intellectually "filling."