What are dental implants?
Dental implants are dental restorations that are designed to replace missing teeth. Instead of just replacing the crown portion of the teeth, they replace that and the roots. A dental implant restoration is made up of several parts including the implant post, an abutment, and the dental prosthesis. There are several different types of available to accommodate patient’s different needs.
How to denture implants work?
Your dentist will insert anywhere from two to eight implant fixtures into your jaw bone. These fixtures will fuse with the surrounding bone making them very sturdy and stable. They will serve as teeth roots to stimulate the jaw bone to prevent it from deteriorating. They will also support the entire denture. Your denture will be more stable than traditional dentures.
How long will the dental implants last?
Your dental implants should last your entire life. Once they become one with the bone, they should never come loose if you take good care of your oral health. If you fail to do so, you could develop various types of oral diseases which can affect your implants.
What is peri-implantitis?
This is a condition that affects people who have dental implants. When food particles get stuck around the implants, bacteria will begin to grow causing inflammation and infection. It affects the gum tissue and bone surrounding the implant. There are numerous things that can lead to it however poor oral hygiene is the number one cause of peri-implantitis. This is why your dentist will make sure you are ready to commit to a strict oral hygiene routine for the rest of your life before placing your dental implants.
What is the best way to care for my dental implants?
Caring for your dental implants is simple. All you have to do is follow a normal oral hygiene schedule. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day. If you can, it is ideal to brush after every meal to remove all food particles from your mouth. Flossing is also very important. Food gets stuck between teeth and must be removed or else it will cause bacteria to grow inside your mouth. If your specific restoration has special care instructions, your dentist will review that with you. The goal is to keep your mouth as clean as possible to avoid bacteria filled plaque and tartar from accumulating.
How long will it take to get dental implants?
Each patient will have their own unique treatment plan. However, it will take at least several months. If you are in poor oral health, it could take up to a year. This could be because you need gum disease treatment, a bone graft, or extractions. If you do not require pre-treatments, it will still take about three to six months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone. Ideally, the healthier you are, the faster your treatment will be.
Why should I get dental implants if I am missing teeth?
We all know it is important to replace missing teeth. However, replacing them with dental implants is better for your health and overall well being. Dental implants will prevent bone loss in the jaw. This alone will prevent pre-mature aging in the face. With teeth implants, the dental restoration will fit better. You will never have to worry about it slipping, falling out, or causing slurred speech. Also, there are little to not diet restrictions.
How do I get started?
If you are interested in getting dental implants, reach out to LIFESmiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise, ID today. To schedule an appointment, call (208) 254-6365. At your dental implant consultation, you will meet with one of our helpful dentists. They will determine if you are a good dental implant candidate and answer any questions you have about the process.