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A Guide to Caring for Dental Implants to Ensure They Last for Life

Dental ImplantHaving suffered the indignity and inconvenience of tooth loss, and having chosen to replace your teeth with dental implants, one thing is for sure: you won’t want to run the risk of losing your teeth again. Dental implants are designed to be a permanent replacement for missing teeth, and should be considered not just an investment in your smile, but also in your future.

A dental implant is a titanium post or screw that replaces the root portions of one or more of our natural teeth. Whether teeth have been lost through dental trauma, through tooth decay, or through advanced periodontal disease, they should always be promptly replaced to preserve both your health and your self-confidence.

Simply Teeth in Essex offers tooth replacement with dental implants for people who have lost anything from one to all of their natural teeth. Implants can successfully support either crowns, dentures, or bridges, keeping them firmly in place and also preventing resorbtion of the jaw bone, which happens frequently in cases where many or all the teeth are missing.

The placement of dental implants requires minor oral surgery, which is usually carried out under local anaesthetic or conscious sedation in a dental practice. After the implants have healed and integrated with the bone, permanent new teeth are attached.

Both the implants and the teeth attached to them need to be looked after. You need to visit the dentist and hygienist regularly, for professional tooth cleaning and for monitoring of your oral health.

When implant-retained aren’t cleaned properly, gum disease can develop, and if a serious condition called peri-implantitis is allowed to occur bone tissue can shrink back from the implant, eventually leading to loss of both implant and tooth.

Cleaning dental implant-retained teeth isn’t difficult, and a hygienist can help you develop an efficient technique. Crowns and bridgework attached to implants are designed to be in place permanently, so are cleaned much like natural teeth.

Implant-retained dentures can either be permanently attached or removable. In cases where they are removable, you will need to take them out and clean them at least twice a day as you would do with traditional dentures.

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