Dental implants are simple in nature, but many patients don’t know much about them because implants haven’t been used as long as other dental restorations. Our team is pleased to offer a general review of what you should know about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a dental appliance that replaces both the full missing tooth, including its root. It is comprised of a titanium post that attaches to the jawbone, and is topped with a dental restoration such as a dental crown or bridge.
What can a dental implant do for my smile?
Dental implants offer a variety of benefits for you and your oral health, including:
Improving your smile and your self-esteem
Providing full dentition to improve your speech
Allowing you to chew properly and enjoy all kinds of food
Stabilizing your bite and preventing bone loss
Providing a long-lasting replacement for a missing tooth
Is a dental implant right for me?
Patients who are candidates for dental implants have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone structure, as both are needed to support an implant. Also, it’s vital to perform proper oral hygiene, avoid smoking, and visit the dentist regularly. You are welcome to speak with the dentist to determine if a dental implant is the right choice.
Do I need to care for my dental implant?
A dental implant should receive the same care as a natural tooth. Brush your dental implant at least twice a day and floss around it daily. You can also rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent infection around the implant. You still need to visit the dentist regularly for dental checkups.
Dr. Robin Cropper and our team gladly welcome you to Dentistry For Today to further discuss what you need to know about dental implants in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Please call 502-517-0073 to schedule your consultation today!