Dental Implants Maintenance
Many people today are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, or to replace all of them. Because of the high success rate, many dentists and periodontists now offer them as part of their practice. They have several advantages over other options, and they act and feel like your real teeth more than any other option.
The Truth about Dental ImplantsAs with any dental option, there are pros and cons. This can make implants ideal for one person but not for another. Before making your choice, you need to understand all you can about implants and have a good talk with your dentist about them.
Dental Implants Provide the Best Replacement OptionWhen you consider all the various options for tooth replacement, there are none that compare. One of the best reasons for implants is that they are rigid – like your real teeth. They will not slip or slide when you talk, eat, or drink. This can give you a great amount of confidence around people, letting you be free to have fun or think about other things. They also look like real teeth.
Implants Help Protect Your Real TeethIf you get a couple of implants to replace missing teeth, they will help keep your neighboring teeth in alignment. When there are empty spaces, teeth tend to wander into that space, often causing a misalignment. Besides that, you will also experience a loss of your jawbone under that space – possibly as much as 60 percent of it. In addition, an implant does not require removing any tooth enamel of your neighboring teeth.
About All-on-4 Fixed Implant BridgesOne of the most popular dental implant systems is the all on 4 dental implants. These bridges contain all of your teeth for upper or lower teeth – or both. They are for people who are without teeth (edentulous) or who need to have all of their teeth removed. While they do help many people, there are some problems that you may encounter with this tooth replacement solution.
Although the dentist may promote this system as the ideal solution for you, it can create some problems. You may have difficulty with your speech for a while, but with persistence, you can overcome it. It is also possible that you may feel uncomfortable with the thickness of the bridge, which must be added on top of your gums.
The Biting Force Is DifferentWith the all-on-4 implants, it may be difficult to tell just how hard you are biting down on your food. The ligaments that tell your brain how much force is being used are not there (called proprioception) and you will have a tendency to use excessive force at first. This extra force, especially if you have upper and lower ones, may damage your implant supported dentures.
Care for Your Implants at HomeEven though a dental implant is an artificial tooth, or even if you have the all-on-4 implant system, it is still very necessary to brush and floss regularly. The gums and bone must stay healthy in order to continue to support the implants. Periodontitis can still cause you to lose your new teeth if they are not maintained and kept clean of plaque. Some dentists will only warranty your implants on the basis that you see them twice a year for dental checkups – which is a good idea.
When you get your implants, be sure that you understand what procedures you need to follow to keep your mouth and implants clean. On occasion, the dentist may need to remove the bridge in order to clean them more efficiently. This will likely involve higher costs, for new abutment screws and cleaning.
Grinding and Clenching TeethIf you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, this can cause a problem with dental implants, especially for the all-on-4 version. If you have upper and lower dentures on your implants, you may not be able to tell how much force you are applying to your teeth. Of course, if you do it while you are sleeping, you cannot control it, but a customized mouth guard from the dentist can help protect your teeth.
How Long Do Implants Last?When the proper care is given to dental implants, the implant part of it can last a lifetime. The root is made of titanium and is bio-friendly. Proper care involves treating it like one of your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. A lack of this can lead to gum disease, which could cause problems. The crown is the weak part, but it could last up to about 15 years.
If you are considering getting dental implants and want to know more about the dental implant process, Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist can help you. He has much experience with tooth implants and denture implants. In order to make it convenient for you, he has offices in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or for questions about dental implant surgery or the all on four dental implants, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.