REPLACING MISSING AND LOST TEETH
Our teeth are anchored in place by roots. These roots reach into the gum and are supported by the bone and connective tissue. The whole network ensures that our teeth stay firmly fixed allowing us to bite and chew our food comfortably. Strong roots are important for healthy teeth, but sometimes due to infections or injuries, the root gets damaged.
Any problem with the root leads to loss of teeth which, in turn, leads to changes in the jaw that affect the remaining teeth. To prevent further loss of teeth, it is important to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Up until very recently, dental bridges and dentures were used to replace missing teeth. While these procedures are still in use, they have their limitations when it comes to preventing bone loss in the jaw. The procedure that can replace missing teeth and maintain the bone in the jaw is called dental implants.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that replace the root of the tooth. The rods are fixed into the jawbone to get a firm hold. The bone fuses around the implant and holds it in its place. The implant provides a base where an artificial tooth or crown can be fixed. Dental implants have changed the way missing teeth have been replaced resulting in stronger jaws and more comfortable replacement teeth. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you might want to check if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTAL IMPLANTS
After the dental implants and new teeth have been fixed, it is important that you take good care of the structures. The dentists at Amaya Dental will give you a set of aftercare instructions which you will need to follow carefully.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you play impact sports, make sure to wear good mouth-guard to protect your implants and new teeth from damage. Visit your dentist every six months for a follow-up.
Dr. Andres Amaya and his team at Amaya Dental are seasoned professionals and have several years of experience in providing top-notch dental implants. We have been serving our community for a number of years with a high success rate.
Our clinic houses state-of-the-art equipment and we use the latest technology for our procedures. You can enjoy the calm and relaxed atmosphere of our clinic when you come in for a consultation.
To find out more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call or feel free to schedule online.