Dental implants are a fantastic restorative alternative to dentures and bridges. They look and function just like natural teeth, which is one reason people often prefer them over their counterparts. They can last many decades or even a lifetime if cared for properly. Dental implants offer unique oral health benefits and they are aesthetically pleasing, but they do require the proper care. Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular dental check-ups.
In order to understand the proper care plan for dental implants, it is necessary to understand exactly what they are. Just like natural teeth, dental implants consist of a crown and a root. An implant dentist places a titanium post into the jaw to act as the root. The crown, which sits on top of the post, is manufactured in a dental laboratory to match neighboring teeth.
Tapered Care Plan
When your implants are first placed, the implant dentist will want to monitor you closely to ensure there are no complications. Your care provider will likely want to see you about ten days after placement to check on things. As the implant site heals, the jaw bone fuses to the titanium posts making them permanent structures in a process called osseointegration. Depending on your individual circumstances, your care provider may want to see you every few weeks until this process is complete.
While each case is different and treated according to individual circumstances, some patients may be discharged after osseointegration is complete. However, routine dental care is still necessary to maintain the integrity of the dental implants. Patients should brush and floss twice daily just as with natural teeth. Unless your case requires a more complex level of care, then biannual cleanings and check-ups with your regular dentist should be sufficient.
If you are considering dental implants or you have questions about them, call our office today. Our compassionate and experienced staff is ready to help you regain a confident, healthy smile.