By Midtown Dental Studio
February 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental Implants

Protect the investment and appearance of your new dental implants by following these recommendations.

Dental implants provide the durability of false teeth with the convenience of natural teeth. With proper care both before and after their placement, they can last several decades, if not a lifetime.

Proactivity is Key

Your Midtown Atlanta dentist will need to evaluate your jawbone and overall health to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. It is therefore important to maintain oral hygiene even before they are placed. Careful brushing and proper vitamin intake ensure that the gum tissue, the bone and the remaining natural teeth can support the implant's placement and integration.

After Placement

Because the innermost part of the dental implant, the post, closes up the space left by a missing tooth, the healing process is generally quick. Most dental implant patients will find that they can begin eating normally within a few days of their appointment with Dr. Holt. It can take a few months to complete osseointegration, which is the process of the titanium implant fusing with the bone surrounding it. Even though the implant site may look and feel completely healed, it is important to brush gently in that area and rinse after meals to keep it clean. It is also imperative that you do not disturb the site by touching it with your fingers or any other tools.

Maintaining Your Implants

Once the implant has completely integrated into the jawbone, the topmost part, the crown, can be placed. These crowns are designed to look exactly like natural teeth and can be treated in much the same way, through brushing, flossing and bi-annual checkups. Regular cleaning appointments at Midtown Dental Studio will ensure that your implants are functioning properly as well. Dental implants are made to last many decades if they are cared for properly. Enjoy the function and appearance of natural teeth by discussing dental implants with Dr. Travon Holt at your next appointment.