Making the decision to get dental implants is an important step toward preserving your dental health. You may be concerned that these restorations, which are relatively new compared to crowns or dentures, will require a lot of maintenance. After reading this information from the dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA, you may be surprised at how easy it is to care for dental implants.
What are dental implants made of?
The post and abutment portions of the implant are made from titanium with a trace amount of other metals to strengthen their structure, as titanium is considered a "soft" or malleable metal. The topmost part of the implant is made from porcelain, a durable ceramic material made from clay, quartz and glass particles. Each implant crown is carefully crafted, buffed and painted to match the rest of the teeth that surround it, making it almost impossible to distinguish from a natural tooth. Both of these materials - titanium and porcelain - are highly biocompatible, which means that they do not typically cause any allergic reactions and the body does not reject them. While titanium does not rust and porcelain will not decay, your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, Georgia, dentist still wants patients to know how to properly care for these restorations so they will last a lifetime.
What's the best way to care for my dental implants?
One of the best features of dental implants is that, unlike other restorations, they do not require extra maintenance - no removal for cleaning, no special cleansers, no refitting. By brushing at least twice a day, flossing once, and seeing your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup, you've covered the maintenance of your dental implants! To avoid dulling the finish of the porcelain, you may want to avoid abrasive toothpastes. Following these simple instructions saves time, money and extra trips to the dentist's office.
Interested in learning more about dental implants? Our dentists - Dr. Kelly Vaughn, Dr. Emil Orza and Dr. David Wang - would be happy to meet with you! Give 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA, a call to set up a consultation appointment!