Benefits of Dental Implants
There is more than one way to replace teeth that have been either lost or damaged - and at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we realize there are pros and cons of each method and what might work for one person might not work for another. However, when replacing teeth the end goal is generally to replicate the teeth you have had prior - which is why we are big fans of dental implants. We believe that patients end up being the happiest with their choice when choosing implants to regain their smile - even if there is a big commitment involved.
How Implants Work
Dental implants aim to be as similar as possible to having natural teeth. Depending on if one, a few, or all teeth are being replaced, a different amount of implants will be used to complete the process. These implants are made of titanium and placed in the jawbone where they are left to bond for 2 to 6 months before the prosthetic teeth made of porcelain are fitted on top.
There is a lot to love about dental implants. We will be going over the key advantages they have over other tooth replacement options such as dentures that aren't implant-anchored dentures.
One of the biggest complaints that some denture users have is that they do not provide the satisfying experience that real teeth provide. Dentures are placed over your gums and are not a part of your body which results in a disconnect between your mouth and the false teeth. Implants, however, are bonded to the jawbone which results in a sturdy foundation and a more natural feeling when chewing and speaking. They won’t feel exactly like natural teeth since both the implants and the prosthetic teeth do not have nerves, but as you become accustomed to the differences it will seem natural to you since they are now a part of you.
One of the best things about dental implants, besides the fact they are very comfortable, is that cleaning and maintenance is not very different from natural teeth. You can use an off the shelf toothbrush and toothpaste - just be sure that the toothpaste has a low abrasive rating. Generally, you will be safe using toothpaste advertised as being fit for sensitive teeth - but avoid anything that claims to be whitening toothpaste. A high abrasive rating will only damage the implants - not whiten them.
Flossing is slightly different, but the concept is the same. For implants, you can use floss threaders which are designed specifically for implants. Flossing may take a bit longer since you’ll need to do a 360-degree floss around each tooth. But overall, maintaining your implants requires very little learning curve from natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about removing anything at night or have to buy a special cleaner.
Talk To Us If You Are Interested In Implants
At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we want you to be happy with your smile. That is why we are committed to providing top-notch service when helping patients getting fitted with new teeth or repairing existing ones. If you are interested in starting your journey toward receiving dental implants or want to ask us any questions, you can call our office at (860) 934-7809.