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Ensuring success after dental implants surgery in Longview

Undergoing dental implant treatment is something our patients do after a great deal of evaluation and consideration. Although there are many benefits that come with the placement of dental implants, many people opt for tooth replacement with a dental bridge, partial, or full denture.

The goal of any tooth replacement procedure is to mimic the natural structure of teeth as closely as possible. Since tooth loss also means the loss of a root structure within the jaw, dental implants make the ideal restoration to recreate the structure of natural teeth. One of the aspects of tooth replacement that needs to be considered is what happens after the replacement of a missing tooth or teeth. Specifically, how the new restoration must be cared for.

Dental implants, and even conventional bridgework, are fabricated from materials that do not decay, as natural teeth can. Although no corrosion will occur with dental implants, due to the characteristics of titanium and porcelain or composite material, it is important to understand what is needed for this type of tooth replacement to succeed for many years.

Just as brushing and flossing natural teeth are important, the same level of oral hygiene leads to longevity in dental restorations like implants. The point of brushing teeth twice a day, every day, if not after every meal, is to remove bacteria and wash away particles of food. Bacteria can hide out in the tiny spaces between teeth and at the gum line. The importance of oral hygiene takes on a new purpose after dental implants, but remains just as vital to oral health.

The components of implants themselves will not be damaged by bacteria, which have acid waste that eats away natural enamel. However, implants remain strong and successful with the support of healthy gum tissue. When bacteria are not sufficiently cleaned from the mouth on a regular basis, including between teeth and at the gum line, gum disease can develop. Advanced stages of gum disease lead to recession and deterioration, which decreases the level of support provided to implants.

Dental implants are a form of tooth replacement that provides many years of function, along with a natural aesthetic. With proper oral hygiene, the success of dental implants is extended.

Contact our office in Longview to schedule your consultation with Dr. Frazer.
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