A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
We can say that dental implants are one of the available options to replace missing tooth other than bridges and dentures. Some are willing to spend more on dental implants because of its natural look and comfortable fit. It is also designed to function, look and feel like a natural teeth. Most common reasons why people need dental implants are mostly due periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury.
There are two main types of dental implants available – Endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically made of titanium and shaped like small screws, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
Subperiosteal: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot, or do not want to, undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.
What is the process of getting implants?
1st Visit – Consultation, X-rays and Treatment planning
2nd Visit – Placement of implant fixture surgically.
After 3 to 6 months of osseointegration process
3rd Visit – Preparation of implant to receive fixed / removable restoration
4th Visit – Delivery of restoration
Now if you have your dental implant done, you have to really take care of it.
Implants are much like natural teeth, it will last for as long as you care for them. Long story short, it depends on how well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – this totally will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants, there is no lifetime guarantee.
How to care for dental implants (daily care)?
Bear in mind that getting a dental implant isn’t like putting a retainer in your mouth. It’s a surgery and it will require aftercare.
CLEAN YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTS!
Basically, cleaning your dental implants looks the same as cleaning your natural teeth. Simply brush, floss, and even use non-alcoholic mouthwash on a daily basis.
But because these are artificial teeth, there are certain things to keep in mind. Food particles and bacteria can actually get stuck in the areas around the implant. This can lead to the formation of plaque, which, if untreated, can lead to an infection.
To keep your artificial teeth as clean as possible, you should consider getting these dental implant cleaning instruments.
You can use a typical toothbrush to brush your dental implants, but patients wonder what type of toothbrush to use. There is essentially no dramatic difference when using sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes, so any of those are fine to use.
The main considerations should be how the brush feels on your implant and how easy the brush is to use. But whatever toothbrush you choose, it needs to be soft-bristled.
There are plenty of types of floss out there, and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Generally, dentists recommend using unwaxed tape or floss specifically for implants, ensuring that the surrounding tissue is best protected.
But then for many types of prostheses, you should use a floss threader. To be safe, check with your dentist about what floss to use for your specific denture.
Oral Irrigators (aka Water Flossers)
Oral irrigators can really help with reducing plaque and inflammation. Find a water flosser with a nonmetal tip and use it one to two times every day, supplementing it with non-alcoholic antimicrobial rinse as desired.
Stimulators can really encourage healthy gum tissue, which is crucial in maintaining a dental implant. The best kind to use are rubber-tipped stimulators so as to be gentle on the gums.
Professional dental implant cleaning
Other than that, it is advisable to get a professional dental implant cleaning for every six month. This is to ensure the cleanliness of your implants and helps keeping away bacteria, which can lead to an infection.
The process include thoroughly clean the threads of the implant, the surrounding tissue, and your natural teeth. It’s very important to get your dental implant cleaned by a professional periodically.
Why you need a professional dental implant cleaning?
Your hygienist will probably do scaling treatment for your implants, a method that cleans much deeper than the surface of the tooth, cleaning below the gumline to remove the buildup of plaque. This is more than just your average dental cleaning.
*Dental implant treatment usually will cost you around RM7,000 including 3 visits to the clinic. You can pay the amount separately following the date of your appointment.*
At 1st Dental clinic, most dental implant cases will be treated by Dr Reginald (visiting specialist – available via appointment only). If you wish to see Dr Reginald for your dental implant treatment, be sure to set an appointment with the help of our dental staff.
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