Choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth is a decision that has long-term benefits. A dental implant is the healthiest tooth replacement because it acts just like a real tooth. And just like the rest of your teeth, your dental implant requires proper care to maintain it.
When you get one or more dental implants in Kauai, your dentist will explain how to take care of it, so your implants give you many, many years of use.
The Lifespan of Dental Implants
A dental implant is made of titanium—the same medical-grade material a surgeon uses to replace a hip or knee joint. The implant post is placed in your jaw bone and allowed to heal. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, the body accepts it readily.
Within a few months, the dental implant becomes part of your dental anatomy, just as the natural tooth root was. Titanium is an incredibly durable and long-lasting material. While the dental restoration attached to your implant will need to be replaced, the dental implant post could last a lifetime.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Your jaw bone and gums support your dental implant, so you must make it a priority to prevent gum disease from developing.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once. These steps remove most of the plaque that sits on your teeth and leads to gum disease. Ask your dental hygienist to show you how to clean around your implant to make sure you’re doing it correctly.
Periodontal or gum disease can develop quickly, and you may not even be aware of it. Untreated gum disease can advance to the point where it starts to break down jaw bone and threaten the stability of your tooth implant.
Visit your dentist in Kalaheo, near Koloa and Poipu, HI, at least twice a year for dental exams and professional teeth cleanings. He or she will check your teeth and gums to look for signs of decay and gum disease and plan treatment to eliminate the infection.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a dental implant or are considering getting one or more, please call Kalaheo Dental. Dr. Lutwin, Dr. Quade, and Dr. Rita are experienced with dental implant options for our Kauai patients. Please call us to schedule an appointment so we can answer your questions about getting or maintaining a dental implant.