Dental implants are a common and very important prosthetic that helps millions of people eat, drink and talk far more comfortably than they might have with their old, painful teeth. That is because dental implants are much stronger and also are resistant to yellowing and fading in color due to old age. However, dental implants do not make you invincible, far from it. You still need to be hyper-vigilant when it comes to the care of your dental implants if you do not want them to cause you pain as your old teeth did. Here are a few things you need to know about when getting dental implants.
You Still Need To Brush And Floss
Most people who get dental implants assume that they are now immune to plaque and periodontal diseases because the teeth are, after all, not real. However, you still get all of this bacteria in your mouth because you haven't stopped eating, drinking, or going out into public spaces where these germs exist. If you are not careful, then you can get gingivitis just as quickly as you did when your teeth were real. This can actually be more dangerous because if gingivitis takes hold and progresses, your body might actually reject the dental implants entirely, causing tremendous pain.
Sometimes Dental Implants Come Loose
Dental implants are secured to your jaw just like the rest of your teeth are, and sometimes this connection isn't as strong as originally hoped. For one reason or another, sometimes dental implants will become a bit loose, at which point you should immediately return to your dentist so they can help fix this problem. It is nothing to worry about as long as you react quickly, and either you will be given a new tooth or the current one will be more securely fastened into its groove so that it does not bother you again.
Longevity Requires Maintenance
You may have heard that dental implants can last decades when cared for, and that is absolutely true. They are perhaps the longest-lasting tooth replacement that you can get, as they are the most deeply embedded and strongest made, but they do still have their weaknesses if you do not keep up with required maintenance. That means you still need to go to the dentist every year and have the implants inspected, as well as the rest of your mouth to ensure that there are no unexpected reactions that might jeopardize your implants.
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