Dental implant treatment is an innovative procedure that utilizes the process of osseointegration to permanently fuse the titanium implant with the bone tissue of the jawbone. This is a natural occurring process that was first discoverer by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Brånemark who conducted a experiment to study blood flow of a rabbit that had a titanium chamber placed in its tissue. When he attempted to extract the titanium, it could not be removed because it had incorporated itself into the bone tissue. The bone tissue did not recognize the titanium chamber as a foreign object and healed along with the titanium. He then applied this concept to dental implants and it has now become the most reliable teeth replacement option available.
The wonderful aspect of dental implants that teeth replacement competitors cannot meet, is that it address multiple oral problems cased by missing teeth. Missing teeth will cause jaw depletion and gum recession. These effects can lead to your remaining teeth to fall out or shift. Dental implants goes into the root of the problem and it provides stability for the missing tooth area. In order to preserve all these benefits that dental implants can offer, oral hygiene is a must. Oral hygiene is important whether or not you have dental implants, but for dental implant patients, it is extremely important to keep plaque from building around the gums of your teeth and implants. Bacterial infections can occur and will cause peri-implantitis which is characterized by inflammation in the gums and a depletion of your jawbone. If depletion of the jawbone occurs, your dental implants will be at risk for loosening and loosing its anchor. Dental implants rely on a strong jawbone to function and if the jawbone disappears, your dental implants will fall out.
Preserving your dental implants depends upon your diligence in maintaining good oral hygiene. One way to help reduce the risk of bacteria and plaque buildup is to use antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash. These products will keep working even after you’ve finished brushing your teeth. In-office visits are also very important to keep bacteria from causing an infection. What most dental implant patients don’t realize is that bacterial infections can develop underneath the crown and abutment, showing no sign of infection. Regular cleaning by your doctor will keep your implants and gums free from bacteria or plaque that has slipped passed your radar. Smoking is strongly not advised because of its damaging effects to the appearance of your dental implants and teeth, but also because bacteria can hold on and fester more easily.
Oral health is important for your overall body’s health and maintaining oral hygiene with your dental implants will help ensure its longevity. Dental implants are a worth while investment if you have missing teeth because it will provide a solution to the negative effects that your missing teeth has caused to your oral anatomy, but also because it will eliminate the continuation of jaw depletion and gum shrinkage. If you have any furtehr questions, or would like to discuss your candidacy for dental implants, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you!