Implants are used to replace the missing root of a tooth, holding permanent or removable replacement teeth in place.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon inserts a metal screw-like rod into the jawbone
- Over time, the rod fuses with the bone
- The implant provides a solid base for one or many artificial teeth
Because the implant is inserted into the bone, it can be treated much like a natural tooth. However, it is delicate so care must be taken when using a toothbrush or floss. Gently clean the implant using a long-bristled toothbrush that can reach all the way around. And, at least once a day, carefully floss around the junction of the implant and the gum. A floss threader can be very useful for this.
Implants are not for everyone. You must:
- Be in good health
- Have healthy gums
- Have sufficient jawbone mass to solidly support the implant
It’s normal for bone mass to diminish when it no longer supports any teeth. Because implants are inserted into the bone, they help stave off this reduction. However, if you’ve been missing some teeth for quite some time, your bone mass may already have diminished. In this case, a bone graft adds more mass to the jawbone so that it can better support the implant. Your dentist or dental specialist will let you know if this procedure is needed.
You should also expect:
- Several check-ups by your dentist or dental specialist until the procedure is complete
- To take great care of your implants
- For your jawbone mass to be solid enough to support the implant
If you’d like to know more about dental implants, make an appointment today or inquire at your next check-up. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.