Dental implants are an excellent long-term solution to tooth loss. These bionic tooth roots form a direct bond with your jaw bone, stopping it from shrinking, and holding your new teeth in place. Implants are made from titanium and are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery, usually carried out in the dentist’s chair.
All Smiles Dental Care in Kent offers dental implant solutions for all types of tooth loss, and can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural tooth with a functional, permanent alternative. Your implants can be placed under local anaesthetic or conscious sedation, and after a few months will be restored with a permanent:
- Crown (single tooth)
- Bridge (multiple teeth or all teeth)
- Denture (all teeth).
Implant-retained teeth are designed to last you for many years – often even for a lifetime. As well as looking and acting like natural teeth, they also require the same stringent aftercare, which means practising excellent oral hygiene. Visit your hygienist once your implants have been restored with teeth, so that he or she can teach you how to clean them effectively.
Dental plaque can build up on your implants just as it can on natural teeth. Whilst artificial teeth won’t decay, they can become stained and discoloured. Gum disease, meanwhile, can affect the stability of your dental implants if it is not treated promptly.
A condition similar to advanced periodontitis, peri-implantitis, can actually lead to the failure of your implants because it breaks down the new bone tissue that has grown up to support them. As with periodontitis, however, peri-implantitis is always preceded by a less serious and easier to treat condition. If you experience bleeding, red, or swollen gums, you must contact your dentist immediately.
These problems are easily avoided with prudent oral hygiene. You need to brush your implant-retained teeth at least twice a day, and use interdental brushes and/or dental floss as instructed by your hygienist.
Dental bridgework and crowns are designed to stay in your mouth at all times, so should be brushed in the same way as your natural teeth. Dentures may be fixed or removable; in the latter case, clean them at least twice a day as you would traditional dentures.