What is an implant?
Implants can replace one to a complete arch of teeth. Implants can be placed to fill in for one or more missing teeth, to replace removable dentures or partial dentures and even an implant bridge can be placed. Implants are an excellent long-term option to restore your smile. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are biologically compatible with the human body. The implant is a post that is surgically placed where there is a missing tooth. After placing the post in the bone, it will typically take up to 4 months to make sure the implant post and bone fuse well. After the waiting period, your dentist will place the new artificial tooth for you called a crown.
Home care for dental implants
Dental implant care will be similar to caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are necessary and other adjunct methods may need to be included. These may include the following:
- An irrigant to kill bacteria
Caring for your implant
Your oral health maintenance is the same. That is the beauty of implants! Make sure to maintain your regular dental hygiene appointments, floss all your teeth including the implant daily, and brush twice a day. It is typically recommended for you to also wear a night guard to protect your implant, as clenching and grinding are the leading causes of implant failure. Pain or loosening of an implant can be a sign of trouble, be sure to see your dentist if you have any unusual signs or symptoms.