If you have missing teeth in Miami, FL and receive dental implants, you need to keep your implants clean just like your natural teeth. The reasons that dental implants differ from, but must be taken care of in the same way as, natural teeth include:
Attachment to the gum and surrounding bone structure
Dental implants are comprised of three parts: the titanium implant, the crown, and an abutment that serves as a connecting piece. After the implant is placed successfully by Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Bradley Ross in Miami, FL, the titanium part of the implant starts to integrate with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. We may use connective tissue made of collagen for support and the fibers running parallel to the implant hold the gum tissue against the implant surface.
Your natural teeth are connected to a bony socket by a periodontal ligament that is made of small fibers. These fibers attach from the tooth into the gum tissue and the periodontal ligament transports blood and nutrients to the area. Dental implants do not have this type of attachment.
You need to care for your dental implants just like your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene plays an important role in the long term success of dental implants and just like your natural teeth, rely on healthy gum tissue for support. If you are not removing bacteria by brushing or flossing regularly, you could develop an infection called peri-implantitis which can negatively affect your implant. This condition can be very destructive and may cause bone loss and infection, which can result in implant loss.
While dental implants are not susceptible to decay, they can be at risk for gum and bone infections in the surrounding area. For more information about dental implants in Miami, FL and replacement options for missing teeth, set up a consultation with Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Bradley Ross today!
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