Dental implants are different from other tooth replacement options, they don’t require crowns like bridges or natural suction like full or partial dentures. Instead, they’re inserted directly into the jawbone. As a result, they have the potential to last a lifetime. What can you do to ensure they last for years to come?
Try Our Quiz on Dental Implants
- True or False: They act as new tooth roots.
- True or False: Certain oral health issues can threaten them.
- True or False: Routine homecare can help protect your new teeth.
- True or False: You should see the dentist every six months.
- True. The implant portion is made from titanium, a biocompatible material. Once inserted into the jawbone, the material will bond with the jawbone like a natural tooth root through a process known as osseointegration. The body registers the implant as a new root, which means it begins sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Soon, it acts as a new tooth root.
- True. If a patient develops advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, the connective tissue between the dental implant and gums can dissolve, leading to implant failure. Just as periodontitis can lead to adult tooth loss, your new tooth can fail as well.
- True. You should continue to care for your smile by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once every night. You should also avoid smoking and cut back on foods high in sugar and other starches. Good oral health habits and a healthy diet can help your new tooth stay strong.
- True. When you see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, we can look for any underlying heath issues, such as periodontal disease, and take steps to help protect your new tooth and allow you to maintain a full and healthy smile.
Ready to Give Dental Implants a Chance?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller can provide a strong and long lasting solution to tooth loss. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.