At the Antoine Dental Center, we offer a variety of dental implant options designed to help you achieve a healthy, functional smile after losing some or all of your natural teeth. Regardless of your needs, we work hard to help you find the option that is right for you. If you currently have one or more dental implants, this blog is for you! Even if you don’t, this blog may help you determine if dental implants are a good choice for your dental health care habits.
Dental implants are an amazing way to replace missing teeth. However, they do need to be properly taken care of! A dental implant is a large responsibility and investment in your smile. Let’s talk about how implants work, what the best ways to maintain them are, and what happens if you don’t. Please feel free to contact our Houston, TX dental office if you have any additional questions or concerns.
What is a dental implant?
If you are unfamiliar with how dental implants works, let’s talk about it for just a minute. As mentioned before, dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. They are crafted to act as prosthetic tooth roots. These “tooth roots” are usually made of titanium and are inserted directly into your gum. Here, they are left to heal and fuse to the jaw bone. This creates a strong, secure foundation for the dental restoration that will be placed upon the implant. The restoration can come in the form of a single crown or a full-arch denture depending on your specific needs.
This set-up is a very natural and reliable way to replace missing teeth. However, they do require regular maintenance. Fortunately, dental implants are fairly easy to take care of and often offer very few problems for the patient.
What is the best way to maintain my implant?
Maintaining a dental implant is fairly easy. Let’s talk about the four major ways you can help to make sure your implant stay strong and secure:
- Brush twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.
- Floss between each and every tooth.
- Avoid sugary snacks. Sugary substances feed the bacteria that cause gum disease!
- Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and exams. We recommend visiting our office once every six months.
You may notice that these four things are the same things that you need to do to prevent gum disease and decay in natural teeth! That’s right! To properly maintain implants, simply care for them like they are your own real teeth. If there is anything special you need to do for your implant, your dentist will let you know after placement.
What happens if I don’t take proper care of my implant?
If you DON’T follow the steps above and allow gum disease to take hold, you will run into some serious problems with your implants. Just like natural teeth, implants can fall out due to deteriorated jaw bone. Periodontal disease is the major culprit of jaw bone deterioration and can wreak some serious chaos in your mouth. Again, to prevent this, follow the steps above.
We want your implant investment to last for as long as possible — hopefully for the rest of your life! Do make that happen, please take proper care of your smile. We don’t want you to lose any more teeth … and certainly not your implant! If you have any concerns about losing your implant, please contact our office right away.
How can I schedule an appointment?
If you are due for your bi-annual cleaning and checkup, have a question, or are otherwise concerned about your dental implant, please contact our office as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you in whatever way we can. You can reach us by calling 713-364-8990.
Dental implants are an important investment in your smile. We want to help you preserve them. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Our friendly, helpful team would be delighted to assist you in caring for your smile.