A concern that many dental implant patients may have surrounds caring for their new smile. One of the most significant benefits of getting dental implants is that they look and function like natural teeth, more so than any other tooth-replacement option. Our skilled doctors in Glendale, Pasadena, and La Cañada want your confidence and smile restored as closely as possible to a beautiful, natural look.
How Are Dental Implants Similar to Natural Teeth?
Out of the many methods of treatment available, dental implants have several benefits that other options do not have:
- Dental implants protect from jawbone deterioration
- Dental implants are self-supported and do not affect your surrounding teeth the way dentures or bridges might
- Dental implants do not come with the discomfort or pain of dentures
- Dental implants function as natural teeth and provide chewing power, unlike other replacement methods
Because of their long-term viability and health benefits, dental implants are the natural choice over other options. Though dentures or bridges can seem more cost-effective upfront, they may need to be replaced every 5- 10 years, while successful implants last a lifetime.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Good oral hygiene is essential for all patients but particularly crucial for those who have received dental implants. Because dental implants look and function like natural teeth, they can be cared for very similarly, without some of the complications and maintenance that come with treatments such as dentures.
The at-home maintenance of your dental implants can also depend on how many implants were done in your procedure. For example, a single implant can be treated and cared for just as you would your existing natural teeth. If you have multiple teeth supported by an implant bridge, you will need to use a floss threader to properly care for them and prevent bacterial growth.
For certain cases where a patient is missing all their teeth and has a full set of implants, your doctor will provide special tools tailored to the care of these new teeth.
In all cases, twice-daily brushing and flossing are essential to prevent harmful bacteria from building up around your teeth and causing infections. Biannual hygienist visits are important as well – the dental hygienist will use special tools during your cleaning in order to not damage the metal surface of the implant post in your gums.
All in all, dental implants are by far the easiest replacement method to care for since they do function most similarly to natural teeth. They restore your smile to its most beautiful and pure form. Glendale, Pasadena, and La Cañada patients can trust Lytle, Tate & Stamper to revitalize their smiles.
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