Implants are used to replace the roots of missing teeth and to hold replacement teeth in place that can be permanently or removably attached.
Because the implant is integrated into the bone structure, it can be treated much like a natural tooth, except that it is more delicate and will require more care when cleaning with a brush and floss. You need to be gentle and clean all surfaces of the implant. A toothbrush with longer bristles at the tip can help you clean behind the implant. Gently floss at least once a day, paying special attention to the junction of the implant and the gum. A floss threader can be helpful.
It is normal for the bone base to shrink if it no longer supports teeth. Since the implant is integrated into the bone structure, this is less likely to happen. However, if the teeth have been missing for some time, the bone mass may have decreased. A bone graft can rebuild the bone base to better support the implant by adding bone to the area of the narrowing. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if grafting is right for you.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation or ask at your next routine appointment. We are always happy to answer your questions.
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