How can we help you?
We know that you probably have a lot of questions about our practice, your oral health, and dentistry in general. At Orchards Dental, we are dedicated to patient education. This means that no question is ever silly, so don't hesitate to ask!
Our dental team will always make time to listen to and address your questions and concerns, and you are welcome to call us or send us an email as well.
We've collected a series of questions we often hear. Take a look and see if your question has been answered below. If it's not here – or you'd like more information – just let us know and we'll be happy to help!
It is easy to care for your dental implants. Since the dental implants emerge through the gums like your natural teeth, brushing and flossing around the implant, just like around a natural tooth, is important. There are many successful ways of brushing your teeth.
Proper Toothbrushing Techniques
One method is known as the modified bass brushing technique, but really any method of brushing that is effective at keeping your natural teeth clean will also be effective for cleaning your dental implants. Flossing is also important to prevent bacteria from accumulating around the sides of your dental implants.
Dental Implant Care
Other additional cleaning devices such as a Waterpik can also be helpful in cleaning around your dental implants. Of course, it is also important to come for a regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments to ensure that your dental implants are staying healthy. If you would like a personalized care regimen for your dental implants, we would love to assess your specific case and see what dental products would be best for helping you keep your dental implants healthy!
When you lose a tooth, there are many possible changes that can happen in your mouth. Teeth nearby the missing tooth will begin to drift into the space, resulting in a change in your bite. Teeth opposing the missing tooth may erupt into the space, resulting in a long, over-erupted tooth.
Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
The supporting structures of the jaw (the gums and the bone) will begin to shrink away in the area. The remaining teeth in your mouth will have more stresses placed on them whenever you eat, since they now have to bear the chewing forces that used to be borne by a greater number of teeth. As a result, it is possible that the remaining teeth may develop cracks and other structural problems sooner than they would have. To prevent these problems from happening, it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
Of all tooth replacement options, dental implants are the most aesthetically similar to natural teeth. The “root” or “post” portion of the dental implant sits in the bone of your jaws, just as the root of a natural tooth. Furthermore, the dental implant emerges through the gums, just as a natural tooth does. The part of a dental implant visible above the gums is made of a white porcelain material that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth, and in most cases, people cannot tell that you have a dental implant!
As long as you are medically healthy, dental implants can be an option for you. There is no age where you are too old for dental implants as long as you are healthy. Dental implants can be placed in any area of the mouth to replace any missing tooth as long as there is sufficient bone in the area. In cases where there is not enough bone, procedures can be done to grow more bone in the area prior to getting dental implants done.
Tooth Replacement Option
Dental implants are a very popular option for tooth replacement these days because they are usually the best way to replace your teeth most naturally. Compared to a bridge where adjacent teeth need to be modified, dental implants can be placed without any modifications on your adjacent teeth. Implants are also unable to develop cavities and do not ever need root canals.
If you have more questions about how dental implants can help you, call us today! We’d love to answer any questions you have and help you determine if they are a good option for you.