The implants are used to replace missing roots and to hold up the replacement teeth that can be permanently fixed or removable.
- Your dentist or oral surgeon inserts a small metal post in the jaw.
- Over time, it integrates in the surrounding bone.
- The post or implant forms a solid basis to receive one or more artificial teeth.
Because the implant integrates with the bone, it can be treated almost like a natural tooth, except that it is more delicate and it will take more care when cleaning it with a brush and dental floss. You should go slowly and clean all surfaces of the implant. A toothbrush whose tip is fitted with longer hair can help you clean up better the implant. At least once a day, floss gently with particular attention to the junction of the implant and the gum. A floss threader can be helpful.
The implants are not made for everyone. Talk to your dentist if you’re interested.
It is normal that the bone base shrinks if it no longer supports any teeth. Since the implant integrates with the bone, there is less chance of this to happen. Therefore, if the teeth were missing for quite some time, it is possible that the bone mass have decreased. A bone graft can restore the bone base to let it better support the implant by adding bone at the location of the narrowing. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if the bone graft is indicated for you.
You must also be prepared to:
- Get examined by your dentist or dental specialist several times until the job is done
- Take good care of your implant (s).
We also make implant supported dentures.