Dental implants are small posts made of titanium or a biocompatible metal and are used to secure sockets in the gums left by a missing tooth. Implants fuse to the jawbone tissue of the patient in order to become stable and painless. The jawbone starts to deteriorate when not being used to support a natural tooth. Therefore, upon losing a natural tooth, dental implants are the only restoration solution that preserves, stimulates, prevents loss of and grows the natural bone. An implant can support a single crown while a series of implants can support an entire bridge or partial denture.

Reasons for Dental Implants

  1. Conserving integrity of the jawbone
  2. Preserving your appearance
  3. Stopping teeth from shifting due to empty space
  4. Replacing missing teeth

Dental Implant Maintenance

The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

Oral hygiene aids may include:

  1. Small, soft, manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  2. Low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  3. Dental floss for cleaning around the abutments

Other supplies that may be recommended by the doctor can include:

  1. Antimicrobial mouth rinses
  2. Inter-dental brushes or other aids for removing plaque between the teeth on either side of the implant(s)
  3. Disclosing tablets to stain the locations of plaque accumulation

You must be committed not only to the daily performance of dental hygiene at home but to regular visits to our dentist (Clovis Country Dental Office in Clovis, CA is currently accepting new patients). It is recommended that you see our dentist every 3-6 months for a professional exam and cleaning. The implant(s) should be examined with a dental x-ray annually.

Concerned about your missing or damaged teeth and need advice? Do you want a PERMANENT tooth replacement solution? Contact Clovis Country Dental today at (559) 552-0700 to schedule a CONSULTATION with our friendly dentists!

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