Ways to Care For Your Dental Implants

Ways to Care For Your Dental Implants

Posted by Laura J. Dávila Nov 13,2023

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At Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., a dental implant is a durable tooth replacement option designed to mimic the structure and function of a natural tooth. Comprising a titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone, an abutment connecting the post and the visible crown, and a custom-made crown closely resembling a natural tooth, dental implants offer a permanent and stable solution for missing teeth. Through osseointegration, the titanium post fuses with the jawbone, providing a solid foundation that supports various dental restorations and stimulates bone growth, preserving jawbone density. Dental implants improve oral health, aesthetics, and overall well-being by restoring the integrity and functionality of a complete smile. 

Type of Dental Implants 

Endosteal Implants 

These are the most common types of dental implants and involve surgically placing titanium posts directly into the jawbone. Once the jawbone heals and fuses with the implant, a second surgery is performed to connect an abutment, supporting the crown or other dental prosthetics. 

Subperiosteal Implants 

Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone but beneath the gum tissue. These implants have a metal framework that protrudes through the gum to hold the prosthetic tooth or teeth. Subperiosteal implants in Greenville, NC, are often used when patients have insufficient natural jawbone. 

How to Care for Dental Implants?

Brushing and Flossing 

You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. This habit should be maintained even after getting dental implants. However, when brushing or flossing, you must take extra care to avoid damaging the abutments or crowns of your implants. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently clean your teeth and implants. Also, use an interdental brush to clean between your teeth and the gumline. 

Regular Checkups 

Visit our dentist in Greenville, NC, regularly for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will check the condition of your implants to ensure they are in good condition. They will also check the surrounding gums to make sure they are healthy. 

Avoid Hard Foods 

After receiving dental implants, you should avoid eating hard foods. These foods can damage the crowns of the implants. Instead, eat soft foods that are easy to chew. You should also avoid chewing on non-food items such as pencils or pens. 

Quit Smoking 

Smoking is harmful to your health in general. It is also bad for dental health because it can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you smoke, you should quit as soon as possible. It would help if you also avoid smoking for at least two weeks after surgery. 

Dental implants can give you back the confidence to eat, speak, and smile without fear of embarrassment. Visit Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., at 1295 East Arlington Blvd Greenville, NC 27858, or call (252) 756-7789 to see if dental implants are the right option for you! 

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