How to Take Care of a Dental Implant

Dental implants have offered countless people who have gaps due to missing teeth a chance to feel proud of their smile again, while erasing the oral health risks associated with missing teeth. 

You might assume that a missing tooth primarily affects only tooth fairy devotees. In reality, a startling number of American adults are missing at least one tooth: about 178 million

At Popper Dental on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, dental implant experts Dr. Marlisa Popper, Dr. Jason Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper have decades of combined experience helping patients safely, comfortably, and beautifully fill those gaps.

Our goal is to provide this treatment with warmth and a collaborative approach to your care — we consider you a partner in setting and achieving your dental goals. 

The risks of missing teeth

Missing teeth can result from advanced gum disease stemming from a lack of proper oral hygiene combined with bad habits like tobacco use, as well as accidents and necessary extractions. They don’t just put a damper on your smile, they pose concerning health risks:

It’s not just your mouth’s mechanics and smile that are affected by a gap. Your appearance can take a hit. Even a single missing tooth can cause your facial symmetry to become off-kilter.

Basically, missing teeth can have a snowball effect on your oral health and self-esteem.

Why dental implants are an excellent solution for filling gaps

Dental implants offer significant advantages over other tooth gap solutions, like partial dentures, a fixed dental bridge, or simply doing nothing. 

With a dental implant, we surgically place a small titanium post in your jaw and follow up with mounting a replacement tooth on the post. The post serves as your new tooth’s roots; since your body accepts titanium readily, your implant fuses with your jawbone over several months. 

After the fusion occurs, we attach a small, additional post, an abutment, to your implant. The abutment holds your bridge, crown, or denture. 

The many benefits that a dental implant offers are impressive, including:

We also offer an innovative type of implant called All-on-4® that’s a great option if you want to avoid dentures. This gives you a complete arch (all of your upper or lower teeth) of dentures, but requires just four dental implants.

We only use the highest quality implants, which are manufactured by Nobel Biocare™. Take a look at our educational videos to learn more and our gallery to see some amazing results. 

Proper care after dental implant placement is critical

If you’ve invested time in getting dental implants, you don’t want to jeopardize their success by failing to take proper care of them once they’re in place. 

It probably won’t surprise you that some of your implant care is identical to how you care for your natural teeth: Brush with a soft-bristle manual or electric toothbrush and floss thoroughly, twice a day. It’s important to choose a toothpaste that’s not abrasive; we can help you with that.

An interdental brush (resembles a tiny bottle brush) that’s coated in nylon helps you clean places that aren’t easy to reach, and you need to use unwaxed dental tape or special floss made for people with implants to floss with, as it leaves no stringy remnants in your mouth. 

We may also recommend that you use an oral irrigator, which shoots water under your gum line to remove food and plaque. We also want to see you at our office for frequent cleanings and checkups as well. 

With good care, your implant will serve you well for many years to come, just like your real teeth.

Call our New York City office to schedule a dental implant consultation, or book one online.

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