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What You Need to Know About Dental Implant Care



Losing a tooth is a big deal. Whether it be less-than-ideal hygiene on your part, or an accident, a missing tooth can weigh on your self-esteem. No matter the cause, often the best treatment is to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. This procedure replaces bridges and partial or complete dentures. In fact, dental implants feel a lot like the real thing and look great!

What You Need To Know About Dental Implant Care

What are Dental Implants?

When someone goes to the dentist’s office with a missing tooth, they likely feel self-conscious and embarrassed of their smile. At Centenary Dental, we know the solution to help you regain your confidence with dental implants.

For some, ordinary bridges and dentures are not comfortable due to sore spots or gagging. For others, dentures may not even be possible, due to having poor tissue support or a bridge can’t be placed because there is no anchoring tooth in the back of the mouth. A fixed bridge must be attached to the teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. One of the main advantages of dental implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be ground down to hold them in place.

With dental implants, patients can replace their teeth without having to worry about the inconvenience of removable dentures or extensive bridge work.

How dental implants work:

  • Anchored to the bone: Dental Implants are small screws that are inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. The gum tissue is then stitched up. These implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, or to stabilize dentures.

    For many years the implant was made of titanium. We now have an alternative to titanium called “Zirconia.” This material is essentially durable porcelain. In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, or where the patient has previously had dentures, multiple implants are placed in the mouth to allow for an implant-supported prosthetic.

  • Abutment: After the implant is in place, it acts like the root of a natural tooth, and the jawbone fuses to it as part of a process called “osseointegration” (this can take several weeks or months). Once healed, an even smaller attachment called an abutment is connected and secured to the implant. This abutment provides a foundation for a crown to be attached. In some cases, the implant and abutment stages of implant surgery may be done at the same time.

  • The crown: Our team will fit the replacement crown so the result is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and cleaned the same way with brushing and flossing twice a day.

  • Implant supported bridges: When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

You need to follow post-procedure instructions to ensure your dental implants last as long as possible. While dental implants won’t get cavities, gum disease is still a concern. To help you maintain a healthy smile, here are five dental implant tips that are critical to ensuring your dental implants last:

  • Healthy foundation: Before your dental implant procedure, your teeth must be healthy. Gum disease, tooth decay, or poorly positioned will be examined and will need to be corrected prior to the procedure. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.

  • After implant placement: Take it easy for the first day or two and avoid exercising for three days. Your dentist will provide you with more instructions on caring for your dental implants.

  • Keep your mouth clean: Your mouth contains billions of bacteria. So brush and floss regularly to keep your gums clean and prevent tartar buildup which can lead to gingivitis. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your new implant.

  • Get a checkup: Those with dental implants need to see their dentist at least twice a year for checkups. Not only to have you teeth cleaned, but your dentist can also examine your oral health to ensure your implant are still in good condition.

  • Be smart: While dental implants are strong, you should avoid chewing on ice and hard candies which can crack the implant. Many also unknowingly grind or clench their teeth at night and may need to wear a night guard to protect their implants.

If you would like to learn more about dental implant care or would like to inquire about receiving this procedure, call Centenary Dental today at 1-888-768-6955 or contact us here.

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Dr. Tali Waksman
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Tali Waksman went on to work as the only dentist on a Native reserve, serving 2000 people after completing a residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. With a warm and friendly personality and close attention to detail, she treats every patient like family.