Dental implants have become very popular over the years. One reason is that they are convenient. An implant is a great solution for a single missing tooth. An implant does not have to be removed, scrubbed and soaked at night, and it can be brushed and flossed just like other teeth. They are also sturdy. The prosthetic teeth are set on titanium posts which are implanted directly into the jawbone. This not only keeps the implants in place but will also stop your other teeth from drifting out of alignment. The bone will grow around the implants, which will result in a stronger jawbone.
The most important thing you can do to make sure that your implants do not fail is to make and keep a commitment to sound oral hygiene. You must be ready and willing to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day, and to see your dentist for your regular appointments. Implants depend on healthy gums and jawbones, and poor oral health, especially gum disease could cause them to fail. If you use tobacco or recreational drugs, your chances of getting gum disease increase, and that could mean trouble for your implants. If you aren’t willing to quit, you may want to consider another replacement option. Implants require surgery, and to that end, you will need to follow the dentist’s instructions regarding your post-operative care and your follow-up visits. Failure to do that could put your implants at risk.
Before you begin the implant procedure, you need to talk with your dentist about your medical history and your lifestyle. Even if implants are not for you, dentures or a dental bridge may be the solution for your missing tooth. If you would like to know more about tooth replacement options, you can call 254 227-5082 to make an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Johnson in Waco, Texas, and we can get started on improving your smile!