Dental implants restore the healthy function and appearance of your smile. The implants are placed into the jawbone to serve as replacements for the lost tooth roots, preventing bone deterioration so the healthy bone structure is maintained. The titanium tooth roots also keep the teeth replacements – such as dental crowns or dental bridge – securely in place so they provide a stable, fully functional set of artificial teeth to replace the lost natural teeth.
Once the dental implants are in place, it may be easy to just forget about them and not think about taking care of them too much – after all, they are “artificial” teeth. However, it is important to take proper care of your dental implants and teeth restorations if you want to reap the benefits of your dental implant treatment for a long time. You have to take care of them just like your natural teeth, which means that a combination of personal oral health care and professional dental care is needed.
Make sure that you properly brush your teeth, especially in the area where the dental implants are located. This will ensure that the implant underneath and the surrounding gum tissue are taken care of and kept free of harmful bacteria build-up. Regular visits to your implant dentist are also important so that the dental implants are checked on a regular basis to check for the presence of dental problems, and so you can get the proper treatment before the condition can worsen.