What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed inside the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Three to five months later once the bone bonds with the titanium post, a small post (abutment) is mounted into the titanium implant post, this abutment protrudes through the gums, on top of this abutment a crown is then placed to resemble your natural tooth
With missing teeth our facial structure changes due to bone deterioration; once implants replace the missing teeth our facial structure will be enhanced again
At times we can extract the tooth and replace with an implant in the same day, but not all patients
You no longer have to replace missing teeth with fixed bridges or partial dentures; no more grinding of teeth, or dentures that keep moving while talking, smiling or eating
Today we have dental implants which are proven to be much more advantageous for teeth replacement
Dental implant placement preserves your facial and bone architecture far better than any other replacement, giving you a younger facial appearance
Dental implants are titanium posts placed within the bone; the procedure is painless with minor discomfort post placement, which is manageable with over the counter pain medication in most cases
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
Not all patients are good candidate for dental implants, but through a detailed discussion and consultation including a scan and or X-rays, our dentist will recommend what is best for you
Implants placed in the upper arch close to the sinus may require an additional procedure called sinus lift or punch before implant placement
Care for Dental Implants
As with the rest of your teeth, your dental implants should be brushed twice a day. When you come in to see one of our Costa Mesa dentists, he or she will recommend a toothbrush that is ideally suited to cleaning dental implants. Most dentists recommend electric toothbrushes for dental implants because they clean plaque away more effectively without requiring severe pressure to be placed on the teeth. Unlike normal teeth, artificial implants can be scratched rather easily. Using the proper tools to clean your teeth at home will help ensure that the surface of your implants remains smooth and healthy.
In addition to brushing, flossing is also highly recommended for people with dental implants. Using a floss threader can help patients with implants reach around their bridges and bars more easily to thoroughly clean their teeth. You can also use an oral irrigation system to help reduce plaque accumulation and rinse away bacteria. In addition to regular brushing, your dentist might also recommend interproximal brushes for your implants. These smaller dental brushes, also referred to as proxy brushes, are specifically designed to help clean between teeth and implants.
When you brush your teeth and implants, you should also be selective about which toothpaste you use. Toothpaste with fluoride will not hurt your dental implants, but you should avoid toothpastes that have particularly harsh ingredients such as baking soda and stain removers. Toothpastes that are particularly abrasive can wear away the outer surface of dental implants, causing them to look less natural and creating crevices for bacteria to cling to. Work with your dentist to come up with a home care routine for your dental implants that you’ll be able to stick to and that will keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Dental implants can improve your smile and provide you with a healthier mouth when you lose one or more teeth as the result of an accident, tooth or bone decay, or periodontal disease. However, in order for dental implants to last, they must be properly cared for, both at home and by your dentist. If your dental implants, along with the rest of your teeth, are not regularly cleaned and cared for, the bone and gums around your implant can become diseased or decayed, which may cause you to lose the implant. Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for regular teeth, though there are a few particular concerns that you should be aware of if you have a dental implant.
Care from Your Dentist
The Costa Mesa and Newport Beach dentists at Brite Clean Smiles can help maintain the health of your teeth and cosmetic dentistry implants through regular cleanings. A thorough cleaning at the dentist’s office can help remove excess plaque, buildup of tartar, and surface stains on your implants. During your cleaning and examination, your dentist can also identify any problems with your implants. This may include preventable issues that can be taken care of during your cleaning or more severe issues such as infection or bone loss that will need to be cared for by an outside Costa Mesa dental practice.
Because Brite Clean Smiles does not perform any major dental work in-house, you can be sure that the recommendations that we give you regarding your dental implants are with your best interests in mind, not our bottom line. Some cosmetic dentists have the tendency to up-sell their patients, suggesting procedures that they don’t truly need. This isn’t the case at Brite Clean Smiles. Here, you can maintain your dental implants and the overall beauty of your smile without fear of being overcharged or up-sold in any regard.
Call 949-777-1005 today to schedule an appointment to have your dental implants cleaned and examined.