How to Take Care of Dental Implants

How to Take Care of Dental Implants

How to Take Care of Dental Implants


Dental implants have become one of the most commonly and highly recommended methods for replacing missing teeth because, once in place, they’re the most comfortable and natural-feeling type of replacement. Dental implant success depends greatly on good oral hygiene before, during, and after placement. Caring for your dental implants properly will ensure they can last you a lifetime.

Why It’s Important to Take Good Care of Your Dental Implants


As with natural teeth, preventing gum infection (periodontal disease) around the tooth is essential to its preservation. Excessive bacteria or an infection could lead to bone loss around your dental implant. Lost bone in the region of an implant can reverse the osseointegration (fusion to the jaw bone) of your dental implant, causing it to loosen and disconnect from the jaw bone.

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Dental Implants


Dental implants aren’t exactly the same as natural teeth; they’re on an artificial root and have a composite crown, but they’re the closest thing you can get to a natural tooth. Although they’re not natural teeth, they are designed to be a close replacement that are fairly simple to care for. As a result, taking care of your dental implants isn’t much different from caring for your regular teeth.


Regular Brushing and Flossing Are Essential


You should brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled tooth brush. We also recommend using a minimally abrasive toothpaste. (Dr. Michels can provide you with a few recommendations.) When you brush, be sure to brush under and around your implant’s crown. Holding your toothbrush so its bristles are at a 45-degree angle to your gums will help you get into hard-to-reach places.
You should also floss at least twice daily. We recommend using floss designed specifically for dental implants. We’ll provide you with a few recommendations and will show you how best to floss around your dental implant.
To keep bacteria at bay, feel free to add an antibacterial mouth rinse to your daily routine, as well.


Maintain Regular Appointments for Dental Exams and Cleaning


Dental implants gather plaque, calculus, and tartar just like your natural, enamel-covered teeth. Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are essential to the maintenance of your dental implants, in addition to your natural teeth. During your appointment, our dental hygienist might use special tools to clean around your dental implant.

What to Do When Regular Brushing and Flossing Aren’t Enough


If you’re having a difficult time keeping your dental implant adequately clean, we can provide you with a nylon-coated interdental brush and special wax-free dental tape that will help you keep your dental implant and surrounding gums squeaky-clean. We might also recommend using a special oral irrigator (water flosser). These tools are a great investment to make toward the preservation of your dental implant, as the water floss can reach places regular floss can’t.

If you have additional questions about your dental implants, we welcome you to contact Cardinal Dental in La Mesa today!

Options for Patients Who Want to Remove and Replace All of Their Teeth

Options for Patients Who Want to Remove and Replace All of Their Teeth

Options for Patients Who Want to Remove and Replace All of Their Teeth

Living with missing teeth and/or lasting oral health problems not only causes painful symptoms, but can also affect a person’s health, diet, speech, and appearance. Many of our patients who have persistent oral health concerns due to past injuries, genetics, damage, a history of poor oral hygiene, or age eventually decide that removing and replacing all of their teeth is the best way to completely restore their smiles, eliminate unpleasant symptoms, and achieve the appearance they want.

Options for Patients Replacing All of Their Teeth

Patients who wish to replace all of their teeth have fewer options than those only replacing a few teeth, but they do still have options that range in cost and vary in procedure.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are a type of dental appliance designed to look natural and fit a patient comfortably while worn throughout the day. Full dentures help patients eat and speak more normally. Though dentures are long-lasting and typically the least expensive option for replacing all of a patient’s teeth, they do have some drawbacks. Dentures can sometimes slip or move around, which can make eating certain foods less comfortable. They must be removed and cleaned thoroughly each night. Dentures also do not actively engage the jawbone, which can alter appearance as the bone deteriorates over time.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of a post which is implanted and fused to the jawbone and an attached crown that replaces the missing tooth. Although they are more costly and require a more invasive procedure for installation, dental implants do not have the same drawbacks as dentures. They are fixed, so they do not move around like dentures. They also mimic actual teeth in the mouth, actively engaging the jawbone and preventing bone deterioration. Dental implants look, feel, and function like a patient’s natural teeth.

All-on-Four or All-on-Six

Patients can achieve the look, feel, and function of dental implants, without replacing every single tooth with an implant. With this option, the dentist mounts a permanent denture onto just four or six dental implants per top and bottom jaw. (The number of implants depends on the patient’s individual needs.) These patients will benefit from a healthy, activated jawbone in addition to a complete set of fixed teeth that function as natural teeth. This option is less expensive than a full set of implants, while more functional than full dentures.

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Schedule Your Smile Restoration Appointment Today

If you have an incomplete smile or frequently deal with dental problems, you don’t have to suffer through the painful and sometimes embarrassing symptoms. At Cardinal Dental, we provide patients with a complete list of both general and cosmetic dentistry services designed to keep their smiles both happy and healthy. If you are missing one or several teeth, or if you are considering having your remaining teeth removed and replaced, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss all of your options with our experienced dentist.

What Your Lost Teeth Didn’t Tell You About Dental Implants

What Your Lost Teeth Didn’t Tell You About Dental Implants

What Your Lost Teeth Didn’t Tell You About Dental Implants

Most adults start out with a full set of 32 teeth. Whether due to injury, tooth decay, gum disease, or another oral health problem, many have lost at least one permanent tooth by age 45, and 25% of Americans over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth (or several) to something other than the tooth fairy, read on to find out why it’s important to replace lost teeth and why dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your smile.

Why Replacing Lost Teeth Is Crucial

Many falsely believe that replacing missing teeth is purely a cosmetic practice. Often, people who are missing a molar that isn’t readily visible, assume there’s no reason to replace it. This belief, however, is a misconception. Sure, teeth missing toward the front of the mouth pose a cosmetic concern, but missing a tooth anywhere in your mouth can cause additional problems. For example, your back teeth are meant to bear most of the occlusal forces of your bite, if you are missing one or more back teeth, the remaining teeth not only shift around and alter the bite, but are forced to bear the same load (in other words the same bite force is distributed over fewer teeth. As a result, teeth are more susceptible to fracture and a ‘domino effect’ of tooth loss can begin.

Jaw Bone Degeneration

When you bite down, the pressure of your upper tooth on lower tooth stimulates and strengthens the section of jaw bone directly beneath or above those two teeth. When a tooth goes missing, the bone beneath the missing tooth no longer receives pressure. As a result, a person’s jaw bone will begin to degenerate and shrink directly below the empty space, or spaces, in the mouth where teeth are missing. This not only causes problems with a person’s bite alignment, but can also alter a person’s physical appearance.

Speech Problems

Although the tongue receives most of the credit, teeth also play an important role in speech and enunciation. Individuals who are missing teeth often have trouble speaking as clearly as they used to.

Difficulty Eating

Missing teeth can also lead to significant difficulty during mealtimes.


Why Choose Dental Implants?

Thankfully, several methods for replacing lost teeth have been developed and, with modern dentistry, are incredibly effective at comfortably restoring full sets of teeth. Depending on each individual’s specific dental needs, teeth replacement treatments range from full dentures, partial dentures, and bridges to of course, dental implants.

A dental implant replaces a missing tooth’s root and acts as an anchor to hold a replacement tooth (crown) in place. They are typically installed during at least two separate appointments. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth, can replace one or several lost teeth, and are the most natural-feeling option for tooth replacement. Since implants are anchored in the jaw bone, unlike dentures and bridges, they prevent bone loss, and they never damage neighboring teeth.

Restore Your Smile — Schedule a Consultation with Cardinal Dental Today

If your mouth no longer holds a full set of teeth, we welcome you to schedule a smile restoration appointment at Cardinal Dental. Our dentist will work with you to determine the best treatment method to improve both the appearance and functionality of your teeth.

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