Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are small titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge. Abra Dental offers dental implants as part of our restorative and cosmetic services. We are committed to helping our patients regain their complete and natural-looking smiles. Whether you need a single tooth replaced or a complete set of implants, our experienced team can help you find the right solution.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The dental implant process begins with a consultation with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are a suitable candidate, your dentist will create a treatment plan and schedule the surgery to place the implants.
During the procedure, local or general anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort. The implant is then inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal for several months. This process, called osseointegration, allows the implant to bond with the surrounding bone and create a strong foundation for the new tooth. Once the implant has fully healed, your dentist will attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant to complete the restoration.
Caring for Dental Implants
Caring for your dental implants is crucial to ensure their longevity. Most implants are designed to be strong and durable, but they still need to be cared for properly. Here are some tips for caring for your dental implants:
Brush and Floss Regularly
Even though the implant material can’t decay like natural teeth, it’s still vital to brush and floss at least twice a day. This will help keep plaque from building up on the implant and reduce the risk of gum and bone damage. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to gently clean your teeth and implant.
Use an Antimicrobial Mouthwash
After you are done brushing, consider using mouthwash. Antimicrobial mouthwash may help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Choose a mouthwash formulated for people with dental implants and use it as directed. If you need help determining which mouthwash is best for you, Abra Dental can help you find one that fits your needs.
Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods
Hard or sticky foods may damage your dental implants or cause them to loosen. Avoid foods such as hard candies, beef jerky, caramels, and chewing gum. Even if a food isn’t hard or sticky, it’s important to chew carefully and take small bites. Cutting your food into smaller pieces may make it easier to chew.
Smoking or chewing tobacco may increase your risk of gum disease and tooth loss. If you use tobacco products, it’s important to quit to improve your oral health. Moreover, using tobacco may slow down the healing process and make it difficult for the implant to bond with the jawbone.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to ensuring the health of your implants. Your dentist will check for any signs of implant failure or gum disease and recommend any necessary treatment.
Find out if You’re a Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a reliable and effective solution for missing or damaged teeth. If you are considering dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Abra Dental to discover if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your smile goals.