May 31, 2016
Congratulations on receiving the most innovative and successful tooth replacement option available to older teens and adults today. Of course, that’s the dental implant, comprised of a titanium screw, metal alloy post and realistic-looking and functioning dental crown. Most dental implant dentists see these restorations succeed and stay in place for decades. The devices look, feel and act just like real teeth–whether placed singly, in multiples, to support bridgework or to anchor full dentures that are either removable or fixed.
Most dental implant dentists see these restorations succeed and stay in place for decades. The devices look, feel and act just like real teeth–whether placed singly, in multiples, to support bridgework or to anchor full dentures that are either removable or fixed.
Perhaps best of all, dental implants strengthen the jaw bone. That’s because they reside right in the bone and transfer the physical forces of chewing and biting to the jaw, keeping it very healthy and dense. The titanium metal in the implant device bonds to the jawbone through a natural process called osseointegration.
However, despite great success with these innovative restorations, dentists do see some implants fail.
What threatens your new dental implant?
Smoking is one reason. The toxins in cigarette smoke inflame the gum tissue surrounding the dental implant, degrading the bone, and infecting the site. This destructive condition, called peri-implantitis, can be treated, but unfortunately, many times the Brompton, ON dentist must remove the entire restoration. Once a dental implant is removed, it is difficult to attempt the procedure again.
Additionally, Drs. Vince Fava, Summer Al Maqdassy and Joseph Hasso state that poor oral hygiene causes peri-implantitis. Whether teeth are natural or implants, the greatest threat to their health and stability is accumulated plaque and tartar. This biofilm leads to destructive inflammation and substantial bone loss around the tooth or dental implant. Patients may not even be aware that their implants are failing, say experts at the Canadian Dental Association.
How to care for dental implants in Brampton, ON
Diligent oral hygiene at home and at Torbram Dental remains the best defense. Patients should brush implants twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and anti-bacterial toothpaste. Also, daily flossing around the implant and in between teeth using floss or small interdental brushes controls plaque and tartar.
Dr. Fava and his colleagues also ask their implant patients to keep their semi-annual cleaning and exam appointments at Torbram Dental. Exams catch oral health problems before they get out of control. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar brushing and flossing miss. Some implant patients opt to come to the dental office 3 times a year for care.
Contemplating dental implants?
They are a great choice for anyone facing tooth extractions or who already have missing teeth. Learn more about their advantages, placement and the importance of correct after care from the friendly staff at Torbram Dental. Contact the office today for a free restorative dentistry consultation.
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