For many people getting “long in the tooth” also means dealing with tooth loss. While dentures, both full and partial, are an option that many individuals choose, others are looking for the security and permanency that dental implants can provide.

What are dental implants?

That is why many individuals choose to get denture implants, in which an artificial root made of titanium is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. This root is secured to an artificial tooth and is used to anchor the tooth securely in your mouth.

Who is eligible for dental implants?

Dental implants are an excellent option for individuals with healthy gums who are in good general health and have enough jawbone to support the implants. Individuals who do not possess enough jawbone may be eligible for a bone graft. However, this is a discussion you should discuss carefully with your denturist.

How do dental implants work?

If you are replacing only a few teeth then each tooth will possess its own titanium anchor. However, if several adjacent teeth are being replaced than your denturist will create a bridge, which holds several artificial teeth, and anchor it at each end. This cuts down on the amount of drilling that needs to be done and helps to keep the majority of the jawbone intact.

How should I properly care for my implants?

Because dental implants act almost identically to natural teeth they can be cared for in much the same way. To avoid bacterial build up and discoloration of the teeth you should brush your dental implants after every meal, and use dental floss to clean hard to reach areas. Once your implants are in place your denturist will explain proper care techniques to you. You will also need to return to your denturist for regular checkups so that your denturist can ensure that your bite is correct and that your implants are not loose. If you experience any mouth or jaw pain, or your implants feel loose, contact Vadim Dumbrava at Future Smiles immediately by calling 403.475.0016.

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Posted by Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.