Preserving your smile is often as simple as practicing good oral hygiene and maintaining a regular schedule of dental exams and cleanings. However, preservation can become more complicated once dental issues present themselves. If you have experienced tooth loss, a dental implant can be an excellent way to restore your smile. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, which means no drastic changes need to be made in your routine to maintain them. There are still some things to keep in mind when it comes to making sure your dental implants are a part of a healthy smile.
Some people falsely assume that restorations, like dentures, bridges, or crowns, give a free pass for bad oral hygiene because the teeth are not natural. Consistently good oral hygiene remains important to keep your smile healthy and to prevent future dental issues from developing. The good thing about restorations supported by dental implants is that you can effectively care for them the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Implant-supported restorations are closer to the gumline than restorations supported in other ways. Caring for your smile by brushing twice a day, drinking plenty of water, flossing, and regular dental visits can help ensure that your dental implant stays in strong condition.
A prosthetic restoration cannot develop tooth decay, however, gum disease can still be problematic for your smile. An implant post that rests in your jawbone can be compromised by the development of gum disease. Gum disease is formed by harmful oral bacteria and in advance stages, it can attack the tissues supporting the bones and roots of the teeth (where an implant lives). TMJ disorder and bruxism can also be problematic for a dental implant. Routinely visiting your dentist makes it easier for any potential problems to be identified.
Dental implants can help support your smile for a lifetime. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.