Toluca Lake Dental Implant Dentist Responds to Questions about Maintaining Dental Implants

by Dr. McKay | Date Published: 2014-08-04

If you’re missing teeth, you’ve probably considered a number of tooth replacement options to restore your smile. Today’s article gives you more information about one of those options—dental implants. Dental implants are premier replacement teeth that mimic the appearance and the function of natural teeth. If you want to learn more about living with dental implants read on for answers from our Toluca Lake dentist

Q: Can I eat all my favorite foods with dental implants?

A: For the most part, yes! Dental implants are designed to be durable enough to stand up to dental wear and tear. But you should still avoid foods and habits that would harm your implants and natural teeth. Don’t chew ice and hard candies, or use tobacco products, for example, as you may damage your restorations as well as your natural teeth.

Q: What does it mean that dental implants “mimic natural teeth?”

A: Dental implants are structured like natural teeth—they have a root (that’s embedded in the jawbone) and a visible restoration that sits above the gum line. Implants are designed this way to provide as many of the benefits of natural teeth as possible. The titanium root of the dental implant helps to preserve jawbone health and stabilize the visible part of the tooth, just like natural dental roots do.

Q: How long will my dental implants last?

A: The lifespan of your dental implants will depend on how well you maintain them, and how much wear and tear they’re subjected to. If taken care of, dental implants can last for over a decade! Our dental team will give you some specific tips on maintaining dental implants during treatment.

If you would like to learn even more about dental implants, contact our Toluca Lake dental implant dentists. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve a healthy, beautifully whole smile!