Can I Still Get Dental Problems With Dental Implants?

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Caring for your teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. And getting proper dental care is an integral part of maintaining your oral health.

Patients who have dental implants still need to care for their teeth and protect them from bacteria. At Made Ya Smile Pearland in Pearland, TX, our team of dentists is skilled in performing dental implant surgery and advising patients on how to care for their teeth after implants.

What are dental implants?

When you lose a tooth, getting a replacement requires a two-step process. First, a dental implant is placed in the jaw to serve as a replacement for the root of the tooth. This titanium metal post then supports the crown, bridge, or denture that looks just like your natural teeth to restore your smile.

It's important to restore lost teeth since a tooth gap can lead to the deterioration of your gums or jawbone, making them more susceptible to disease and damage.

Types of dental implants

At Made Ya Smile Pearland, our team can restore lost teeth with a single dental implant, implant bridges or dentures, or all-on-4 dental implants.

A single dental implant replaces an individual missing tooth. For those who need multiple teeth replaced after an injury or because an infection spread to neighboring teeth, implant bridges involve bonding two or more crowns together. Implant dentures are another option to replace multiple missing teeth. These are attached to two or more implants throughout the mouth.

All-on-4 dental implants are also an option for replacing multiple teeth. The procedure involves placing four implant screws into the arch of your mouth and attaching a full-arch tooth restoration piece to the implants as an alternative to removable dentures.

Regardless of the type of dental implants you choose, you'll still need to take good care of your teeth and gums to avoid damaging your remaining teeth and to maintain the health of your gums.

Can you still have dental problems with implants?

Some people believe that once you get a dental implant, you no longer need to care for your artificial tooth. But that's simply not true. The same dental habits that led to tooth loss can affect your implant. Furthermore, any trauma to the tooth can damage an implant or crown.

You can also still develop gum disease if you have an implant. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that occurs when bacteria builds up around your dental implant due to irregular oral hygiene.

Do you still need dental check-ups if you have dental implants?

Peri-implantitis can be caught and treated if you continue to get your twice-yearly dental cleaning and yearly dental exam. But if you skip these appointments, bacteria can build up and compromise your dental implant, your gums, and/or your jawbone. In the end, your implant can loosen and fall out, and you may need a bone graft for a new implant if your jaw has been weakened.

Caring for dental implants in Pearland, TX

The team at Made Ya Smile Pearland gives patients their confidence back after tooth loss with the best dental implant surgery around. Our dedicated team is committed to giving you the kind of care that makes you want to smile.

If you're interested in learning whether you're a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with the dentists at Made Ya Smile Pearland in Pearland, TX.

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