Dental implant is an increasingly popular tooth replacement option. For years, most people had to choose between dental bridges and dentures. Both restorations replaced lost teeth, but their use had some drawbacks. Dental bridges require the permanent alteration of healthy tooth structure while dentures require regular adjustment to maintain a proper fit as the jawbone deteriorates. Dental implants are different. Because they replace the root of the lost tooth, they do not require the support of healthy teeth and they help preserve bone density.
Maintaining dental implants simply requires good dental hygiene. If your dental implants are used to support dental crowns, you will be able to brush and floss your teeth just as you always have by brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled brush with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily. If your implants support dental bridges, you will need to use a special flossing tool to clean above and around the bridge to remove debris and plaque. Although dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, any remaining teeth you have can develop dental caries, and your gums are still at risk for gum disease. Regular dental cleanings and checkups are important for maintaining good dental hygiene and health.
When placed and maintained properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. With more than a 95 percent 15-year success rate, the majority of patients continue to use and enjoy their implants 15 years after they have been placed. Contact our Los Angeles dental implants specialist today to schedule your consultation and learn more.