Benefits of Dental Implant Restorations
Since their introduction into clinical dentistry more than 60 years ago, dental implants have enjoyed an over 90 percent success rate in replacing the roots of lost teeth. Depending on each patient’s need, they can stabilize a replacement crown, dental bridge, partial, or complete denture without relying on surrounding teeth and oral structures for support. Providing a root-like anchor for your replacement teeth offers a number of benefits for your long-term oral health, including:
- Lifelike comfort and support
- Unmatched stability when biting and chewing
- Longevity (implant posts can last for life with proper care and maintenance)
- Improved long-term oral health (implants help preserve jawbone health)
- No alterations to your remaining healthy teeth for support
- And more
What to Expect from Dental Implant Restorations
The number of implants you receive will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost and the size of your dental prosthesis. For instance, a single lost tooth can be replaced with a dental crown supported by a single implant, or a complete denture can be supported on four or more posts. The goal of an implant-supported restoration is to offer highly-stable anchors to hold your replacement tooth or teeth steady as you speak, bite, chew, and smile.
How Do Implants Booost My Dental Health?
Dental implant posts help preserve your jawbone’s strength and integrity by providing stimulation to the bone every time you bite and chew. The stimulation promotes a healthy flow of minerals and nutrients to keep the jawbone strong enough to support your teeth and dental implants, which reduces your risk of experiencing dental health issues in the future.
How Do I Take Care of My Implant Restoration?
Once your dental implant restoration is affixed to the implanted post(s), it will closely mimic the root and crown structures of your healthy, natural teeth. In addition to how they look, feel, and function, implant restorations also replicate your teeth in how easy they are to keep clean every day. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth and restoration at least twice every day, preferably with a minimally-invasive toothpaste. Pay close attention to cleaning your gumline to better prevent gum disease.
Also, be sure to attend an exam and cleaning as often as Dr. Correa recommends. The visits will help ensure that your implants and restoration remain sturdy and stable, and that your gums and natural teeth remain strong and healthy.