Keep Your Teeth and Implants Healthy
Caring For Your Dental Implants
It's important to keep your implant clean just like your natural teeth. The cleaning variations between dental implants and natural teeth can be attributed to the following reasons:
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Dental implants are the closest you can get to having natural teeth, but there are some slight differences you need to be aware of when caring for your teeth implants from Dr. Roger Sohn in Loma Linda, CA.
Properly cleaning and caring for your dental implants is not any harder than caring for natural teeth, it is just different in some respects. A dental implant is attached to the gum and bone differently than a real tooth and is also made with synthetic materials. You may notice when you visit the dentist for a professional cleaning that special instruments are used. Here are the differences:
Dental Implant Attachment
A dental implant has three interconnected parts. The titanium post of an implant is what Dr. Sohn places in the jaw so it can tightly integrate with the bone through a process called osseointegration. The middle part of the dental implant, the abutment, is visible above the gum line and is where the crown sits. The collagen based connective tissue used to secure the gums to the surface area of the implant creates a fiber pattern that attaches parallel to the implant until it reaches the end of the bone.
Natural Teeth Attachment
Natural teeth are attached to bony sockets via ligaments comprised of small fibers that embed themselves to both the bone and surface area of the tooth. These fibers attach themselves into the soft gum tissue. The ligaments also have blood vessels that deliver nutrients and cells to fight infection and keep tissues healthy.
Peri-implantitis is an infection similar to gum disease that patients with dental implants can develop if they do not take good care of their oral health. Just like natural teeth, you need to remove the plaque bacteria between your implants and gums with regular brushing and flossing and dental cleanings. When bacteria collect on the crowns of your implants, it can attack the connective tissue, causing it to detach from the implant. Peri-implantitis is a fast moving disease that causes a lot of damage, including rapid bone and implant loss, if it is not detected and treated promptly. If you have dental implants, take good care of them every day.
For high quality teeth implants in Loma Linda CA, call Dr. Sohn today. Our staff will be happy to schedule your personalized consultation.
Dr. Sohn’s office is equipped with the latest in hi-tech dental equipment and our staff is trained to provide the best possible dental experience for you and your family. We take pride in the service we provide to our patients from Loma Linda. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please send us a message via the Contact Us form today. We look forward to providing you with the personal oral care you deserve.
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