Maintenance for Dental Implants in Williamsburg, VA
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Dental Implant Maintenance   

Dr. Michael Schroer will provide information about maintenance for dental implants in Williamsburg, VA during your consultation. If you need to replace missing teeth or even one missing tooth, you may need to undergo a dental implant procedure. We can provide you with information to ensure that you know how to take care of your implants.

Even though dental implants function just like real teeth, there are some distinct differences that you need to be aware of when taking care of them. If you have implants to replace missing teeth, the dental hygienist may use different cleaning instruments than those used to clean natural teeth. This is because dental implants and natural teeth attach to the gums and surrounding bone differently. In addition, there is a contrast between natural teeth and the materials used to construct dental implants.

Dental Implant Attachment and Dental Implants in Williamsburg, VA

Dental implants are comprised of three parts: the titanium implant, the tooth colored crown, and the abutment that connects these two parts together. Once the implant has been placed, the titanium begins to integrate with the bone through the osseointegration process. This process stops right above the bone and is where the abutment makes contact with the gum tissue. This gum tissue is a connective tissue composed of collagen for support. The collagen fibers run parallel to the implant and end at the top of the bone to hold the gum tissues against the surface of the implant.

Natural Teeth Attachment

A tooth root is affixed to a bony socket with a small periodontal ligament that is made up of tiny fibers embedded into the bone on one side and the tooth root on the other. The fibers above the bone attach from the tooth into the gum tissue. The periodontal ligament delivers a blood vessel supply accompanied by nutrients and cells that help to ward off infection. Dental implants do not have this attachment.

Preventing Peri-Implantitis When You Replace Missing Teeth

You need to care for your implants in the same way that you would care for your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential for long term implant success. Like natural teeth, dental implants depend on healthy gum and bone tissue for support. If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, bacterial buildup on the implant crown may cause an infection called peri-implantitis, which can result in loss of attachment and possibly loss of the implant.

If you need to replace missing teeth, talk with Dr. Schroer about options for replacing missing teeth with implants and learn more information on maintenance for dental implants in Williamsburg, VA.