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How To Maintain Your Dental Implants
Dentist Charlotte, NC


Image of a dental professional showing a patient that a dental implant is a good fit for her, at Myers Park Dental Partners. If you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you.  Dental implants serve as a replacement for your missing tooth root.  An implant pole is surgically inserted into your jawbone.  Over time, it fuses with your jawbone, becoming one.  This process is known as osseointegration.  It can take several months for this to occur; when it does the implant becomes a permanent base for supporting one or more artificial teeth. If you are curious about dental implants, come see us at Myers Park Dental Partners for a consultation. 

Am I a Dental Implant Candidate?


You might be contemplating whether dental implants are the answer to your dental issues. Dental implants are a fit for anyone who has lost a tooth or several teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. They are especially helpful for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures.

However, since everyone's situation is unique, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Myers Park Dental Partners, where a trained professional can evaluate your condition and guide you accordingly. 

Being a candidate for dental implants generally boils down to a few factors. 

First, having a healthy jawbone large enough to secure the implants is crucial. If, however, you do not currently have sufficient jawbone, we can first perform a bone graft to build up your jawbone to support dental implants.

If you have good general health and particularly good oral health, you'd typically be a good candidate for the dental implant procedure. However, certain underlying health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease, could potentially influence your suitability. 

Furthermore, if you're a regular smoker, or if you're suffering from some form of gum disease, you might require treatment before you can be considered. Remember, your personalized consultation with us will ultimately determine your eligibility. 

What is Involved in a Dental Implant Procedure?


Generally, the dental implant procedure involves three main stages: the initial consultation, the actual implant placement procedure, and the attachment of the replacement tooth. 

The initial consultation is a critical phase where you'll meet with your dental implant provider, in this case, Myers Park Dental Partners. During this visit, you'll have comprehensive oral examinations and imaging to assess your oral health and bone quality. This way, the dental team can also prepare a custom treatment plan tailored to meet your unique dental needs. 

Next, the implant surgery starts with the administration of anesthesia for your comfort throughout. The dentist will then place the dental implant into your jawbone, simulating the root of your missing tooth. The implant site is allowed to heal and integrate with the bone.

Once the implant has firmly anchored into the jawbone, you'll return to the clinic to have an abutment attached. This abutment will serve as the connector holding your new artificial tooth firmly in place. Finally, your custom-made replacement tooth will be attached, restoring the function and aesthetics of your smile. 

Dental Implant Care


Maintaining your dental implants doesn't have to be an uphill task. With the right routine and professional guidance from Myers Park Dental Partners, your dental hygiene can be a breeze. 

Firstly, you must schedule routine appointments with us. With a consistent checkup schedule, Myers Park Dental Partners will be able to monitor your dental implants and provide timely care and advice. Regular visits not only ensure that your implants remain in top-notch condition but also provide an opportunity for early detection of potential issues that might compromise your oral health. 

When thinking about dental implant care, good oral hygiene should be at the top of your list. Brushing and flossing daily are fundamental practices for maintaining your dental implants. Although your implants might be artificial, they require the same, if not more, care as your natural teeth to prevent infection and ensure their longevity. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Gentle cleaning is essential as hard bristles can damage the surface of the implants.

Proper aftercare is an integral part of the journey. Remember, your actions after the procedure significantly impact the success of the implants. Be disciplined with your oral hygiene and follow your dentist's instructions.

Another important factor in dental implant care is your diet. Hard and sticky food can cause damage to implants. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding sugary snacks can contribute to the overall health of your teeth and implants. Relatively soft, easy-to-chew foods are a safe choice, especially in the immediate period following the dental implant procedure. 

Avoid damaging habits. Habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice or hard candy can damage not just your natural teeth but your implants as well.

Lastly, don't shy away from asking questions or expressing your concerns. Your dental professionals at Myers Park Dental Partners are here to offer our expertise and assist you through your dental implant journey. 

Dental implants require the same care as your real teeth. Simple, regular maintenance and visits to your dentist can ensure your implants last a lifetime. The team at Myers Park Dental Partners is ready to assist you every step of the way in your dental implant care journey.

Schedule an Appointment at Myers Park Dental Partners


Every smile is unique, so we strive to provide you with the individualized, high-quality care you deserve. Together, let's explore whether the path of dental implants is the right one for you.  We want to help you restore both the functionality and aesthetics of your oral health care.

Should you find yourself considering getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth, we highly encourage you to reach out to our team at Myers Park Dental Partners. Book your consultation appointment with us by calling (704) 332-2532. You deserve the best dental implant care possible.
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