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We are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you are informed and comfortable with every aspect of your dental care. To save you time, we've listed some of the questions we hear most often. If you have a question not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
How you care for your implant will have a lot to do with which type of restoration it is holding in place.
Single Tooth Implant Care
If your implant is replacing a single tooth, caring for it will be just about as simple as caring for your own teeth. Even though the implant itself won’t develop cavities, it can still build up plaque, which can damage neighboring teeth or irritate your gumline and contribute to periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing the implant with the rest of your teeth will help keep the implant clean and healthy.
Implant and Dental Bridge Care in 63005
If your implant is restored with a dental bridge, you will brush and floss it according to Dr. Rahm’s instructions. You will need to make sure to clean between the gums and the pontic with floss to prevent food from becoming trapped beneath. We are happy to show you techniques for proper bridge care.
Implant Dentures Care
If you are restoring implants with dentures, you will care for them similarly to traditional dentures. Every day, you’ll want to remove them for cleaning with a brush and paste designed for dentures, and then you should soak them overnight. Once you’ve removed the denture, you’ll want to clean around the implant abutments with a single-tuft toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup and keep the gum tissue healthy.
Dr. Rahm will review proper implant care with you, and we are always here in case you have any questions.
If you’re missing a tooth, you have a few different options for replacing it. What makes dental implants so special?
Dental implants are the closest thing to your own natural teeth. For one thing, unlike other tooth replacement options, which sit above the gumline, a dental implant is surgically placed into the bone structure so that it becomes a permanent part of your body. The titanium post then fuses to the bone through a process called osseointegration. This gives the implant remarkable stability and helps lead to the high success rate of implants.
Dental implants and bone health
With the metal post acting as a replacement tooth root, your body continues to send minerals and nutrients to the jawbone. This helps prevent bone resorption, which takes place when a tooth is lost. Other tooth replacement options don’t prevent bone resorption, which means that over time, the bone will lose density and mass. You are likely to lose more teeth, and the shape of your face may even change. With implants, however, your jawbone will stay healthier.
How dental implants are finished
The dental implant procedure can be be restored with a crown to replace a single tooth or a bridge or dentures to replace multiple teeth. We can even provide a complete denture that sits on four implants (the All-on-4 system), which combines the bone retention and stability of dental implants with the convenience and lower cost of a denture.
Contact Our Chesterfield MO Dental Clinic
Call and request a consultation so you can find out more about your tooth replacement options.