Dental implants have become increasingly popular over the years, surpassing dentures and similar dental installations that require a higher level of maintenance and care. Compared to dentures, dental implants require less up-keep and very few tools to keep their structure stable.
There are three important parts of a single implant, each playing an integral role for its overall formation and function. These parts include:
- A titanium implant screw, fused directly into the jawbone
- Abutment, extending above the gum line and providing support for the crown
- Crown, the visible part of the implant that looks, feels, and behaves like a real tooth
Dental implants are strong, durable and can last a lifetime. Although they are secure and stable, they still require proper care to maintain.
Since implants are fused into the jaw bone, there is no use for special adhesives or glues to keep them in place. Many individuals have turned to implants as a means to avoid unstable dentures that often have the tendency to slide during chewing and speaking.
Not only does this provide some embarrassment for many denture users, it is also an inconvenient option for those seeking a more structured approach to dental installations.
As tooth implants are similar to natural teeth, the best care one can provide for them is the proper application of oral hygiene methods. Despite the fact that most implants are quite durable, proper cleanliness of the oral cavity is still highly important for their care.
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing the mouth can help protect against the growth of plaque and bacteria around the implants. This aids in reducing the likelihood of developing gingivitis and general gum discomfort. Flossing should be performed gently, making sure that the tissue surrounding the abutments are cleaned thoroughly.
Just like dentures, dental implants will often suffer from common wear-and-tear symptoms if not cared for diligently. Unlike dentures, implants do not need to be soaked in solutions or regularly adhered to the gums through the use of expensive and hard-to-find pastes.
When it comes to dental implant treatment, your implant dentist will recommend regular check-ups to evaluate the continual functioning of the devices.
To learn more about implants and their care, feel free to contact our office today.