Taking Care of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the preferred restoration for lost teeth. If you have lost a tooth, an implant can be used to replace both the crown and the root of the tooth. This essentially makes it a permanent restoration. It is also closer in design to your natural teeth than any other type of restoration.
Once your implant has been placed and restored, you will be able to take care of it the same way you take care of your own teeth. You will need to brush your teeth and the implanted restoration about twice a day or after meals. Flossing daily is necessary, and if your implant has been restored with a crown, it will also be easy. Implants that are restored with bridges or dentures may require special flossing tools to clean above and around the implants. Regular dental cleanings and checkups should be performed on your recommended schedule.
The benefits of implants are extensive. Your jawbone will be stimulated much like it was with your own tooth, and the restoration will be incredibly strong and stable, unlike traditional dentures, which can slip or click uncomfortably and lead to embarrassment. They are easy to maintain and look and feel just like your own teeth.
Your new implants will not decay, but they can still suffer from wear and tear while your gums can be vulnerable to gum disease. Good dental care can help your implants last not just for years but for a lifetime. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge dentist.