Missing one or more teeth is no longer the end of the world thanks to dental implants. With implants, you can smile at the world, eat your favorite foods, speak as eloquently as ever and keep the world unaware of the fact that you lost your teeth to begin with. Implants look, act and feel like the real thing; and caring for your implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth.
With a dental implant, instead of organic tooth roots anchoring your tooth into place, your implant specialist has placed a titanium post directly into your jawbone. An artificial tooth – or crown – is then affixed to the titanium post, holding the tooth in place. And, just as you would your natural teeth, you are encouraged to floss at least once per day and brush at least twice per day to keep your teeth – real and artificial – free from food particles and bacteria.
For best results, floss in the morning, first thing upon waking. The idea is to floss in between the spaces where food can get trapped between the artificial tooth and your natural teeth and gums. When you are done flossing, rinse with water and brush as you normally would.
Even though dental implants can’t get cavities, you will still want to brush your teeth – implants and all - and the gum tissue surrounding the implant at least twice per day, once upon waking and once before bed.
All you have to do is keep food particles at bay, as dental implants are designed to retain their whiteness and healthy appearance, while remaining strong enough to do whatever you need your teeth to do.
Your natural teeth might last for the rest of your life, but with proper care your dental implants definitely will. Ask your implant specialist about proper implant care so that your teeth – both real and artificial – always look and perform at their best.