The reassuring thing about tooth loss is that, with the help of modern dental prosthetics, you can still enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for the rest of your life afterward. For instance, with one or more dental implants, you can replace any number of lost teeth without needing extra support from clasps, adhesives, or modified healthy teeth. Besides making your replacement teeth look and feel more lifelike than ever, the ability to mimic the root-and-crown structures of your natural teeth also makes taking care of your new smile simpler than ever.
How Implants Mimic Real Teeth
Traditional prostheses, like bridges and dentures, are made specifically to replace the visible parts of your teeth. Known as the crowns, they’re responsible for filling out your smile’s appearance as well as effectively balancing your bite’s pressure. However, your teeth also consist of roots that are embedded in your jawbone and support your crowns, supplying stimulation to your jawbone every time you bite and chew. Dental implants restore both sections of your tooth structure with one or more biocompatible implant posts in your jaw and a custom-designed crown, bridge, or denture attached.
The Keys to Good Implant Care
By supplying anchored posts to support your new teeth, implants help you avoid the need for clasps, adhesives, and more. This means keeping your natural and new teeth clean and healthy is as simple as sticking to regular principles of good hygiene and preventive dental care. Be sure to brush your teeth and implant restoration at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, and floss at least once (preferably before bedtime). Also, schedule and attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments as often as your dentist recommends for routine care and maintenance.
Learn More About Caring for Your Dental Implants
In addition to making your new smile much more lifelike, dental implants also make it easy to care for that new smile by closely mimicking your healthy, natural teeth. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.