One of the reasons dental implants are deemed the best restoration available for missing teeth is their durability. Dental implants for single teeth last at least 20 years, but with excellent care and hygiene may last much longer, and even a lifetime. Implant-supported dental bridges and implant-supported dentures can also be expected to last decades. Read on for what to know about making your dental implants last.
Dental Implants for a Single Tooth, Multiple Teeth, or an Entire Arch of Teeth
There are multiple types of dental implants, but all use surgically implanted screws to support artificial teeth. The implanted screws not only anchor the artificial teeth securely to the jaw, but they also help preserve and regenerate the jaw bone. This helps to prevent an altered facial appearance whereby the mouth looks sunken. Types of dental implants include:
Consisting of a single implanted, biocompatible screw, an abutment, and a dental crown, single-tooth dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. In addition to restoring your smile, they help you enjoy a restored bite force, and chewing capabilities.
Implant-supported bridges are best for patients with multiple missing teeth in a row. Two dental implants will be placed that will support a bridge of artificial teeth.
Implants may be used to support either removable or fixed dentures. With as few as two implanted screws, custom dentures can snap onto the implants for a more secure fit.
Permanent or fixed dentures can also be attached using as few as 4-6 dental implants to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
How to Care for Dental Implants
To ensure your dentures last as long as possible, you’ll need to practice excellent oral hygiene. With single-tooth implants, you will need to brush twice daily and floss daily. You should also see the dentist at least every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
Implant-supported bridges and permanent implant-supported dentures need to be cared for meticulously. Because you will not be able to floss completely between the teeth comprising the bridge, you may need to purchase dental tools including an interdental brush, floss threaders, or Super Floss. Many patients with implant-supported bridges and dentures switch to an oral irrigator such as a WaterPik, which uses pulses of water to remove debris. Your dentist may also recommend the periodic use of an antibacterial mouthrinse. You will need to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Snap-on or removable implant-supported dentures should be removed and cleaned after each meal. You’ll also need to gently brush the implanted screws. Frequent rinsing of your removable dentures is also recommended. You may need to see your dentist more frequently than every six months to ensure good oral health.
Book a Dental Implant Consultation Today
There is no reason you should suffer from embarrassment, or an inability to enjoy all that life has to offer, including delicious meals, because you are missing teeth. Dental implants fix gaps in your grin and promote better oral health when cared for properly. To book a consultation for dental implants in Holyoke, MA call 413-536-1782. You may also send us a message to request an appointment.