If you have a missing tooth, then getting an implant is a good way to fill in the gap and prevent bone loss. Since an implant is placed deep in your bone, it stimulates the bone every time you chew and this helps keep your bone from receding. An implant keeps your other teeth from shifting, and it looks like a natural tooth. While an implant has many benefits, it is an expensive dental procedure. Therefore, you want to take good care of your implant so it lasts a lifetime. Here are some tips to follow.
Maintain Good Oral Health
An implant functions like a natural tooth. If you take good care of it, it should last as long as the rest of your teeth. However, if you allow gum disease to develop, you can lose your natural teeth and the implant too. That's because advanced gum disease causes your gums to recede and your teeth to get loose. It can even cause a loss of bone tissue that makes your implant weaken. You can avoid …show more content…
You also need to protect it in the same way. Just because the tooth is artificial, it doesn't mean it is indestructible. Avoid crunching on hard candy or ice cubes because this can cause your implant tooth to crack just like it can cause a natural tooth to crack. If you damage your implanted tooth, your dentist only has to replace the tooth since it rests on top of the actual implant. It isn't necessary to put in a new implant too.
If you have a snap on partial or full plate of teeth, you should remove them and care for them as you would regular dentures. This involves brushing them daily and soaking them overnight to keep them clean and hygienic.
Cleaning and caring for your implant doesn't take much more time than you normally spend brushing your teeth, but it is very important to do it properly so your gums stay healthy and your implant stays