Dental implants replace the proper form and function of missing teeth, giving you a chance to enjoy a better quality of life even after losing some, or all of your natural teeth. The implants also take on the responsibility of lost tooth roots, and continue to stimulate the jawbone so that bone deterioration (or bone thinning) can be prevented or stopped from further worsening.
As you enjoy your brand-new smile with the implants, it may be easy to assume that you can just forget about their existence and not bother with proper dental implant maintenance. Nothing can be further from the truth, though. You will have to take care of your implants the way that you take care of your natural teeth, if you want to enjoy the benefits of these implants for a long period of time. Even if these are “just artificial roots”, you will still need to take care of your implants to keep them away from dental problems, so you can have your beautiful smiles for a longer period of time.
Regular tooth brushing will help keep your teeth and gums in optimum health, which will be beneficial for your implants since the gums provide their supporting structure. It is important to go to your dentist for regular dental checkups to monitor the status of your implants. Your dentist will be able to detect early problems with your implants so that the proper treatment can be done before the situation gets complicated. Advice on special cleaning aids can also be given by your dentist to help you with proper implant maintenance at home.