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Do Dental Implants Stain Like Real Teeth?

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For those with weak teeth or teeth that have been affected by gum disease, dental implants are a wonderful permanent solution to a full smile. Recent technology and techniques have allowed society to advance past the need for dentures or other temporary fixes. Most dental implants look real, feel real, and can fully operate and function like a regular tooth. 

With this in mind, you must also care for your dental implant the same way you would a real tooth. Even though they’re made of synthetic materials, your implants can still stain from coffee, smoking, or improper care. To ensure you are taking the best possible care of your dental implants, it’s best to have a dedicated and knowledgeable oral surgeon you can trust and visit regularly. 

How to Properly Maintain Dental Implants

Plaque and tartar are not specific to natural teeth. When you do not regularly brush and floss your teeth, you leave the bacteria in your mouth relatively undisturbed, allowing for the buildup of plaque. When plaque first coats your teeth, it is soft and easy to remove. When you fail to break it up with necessary oral hygiene care, however, it hardens and can begin to break away at your teeth and gums. 

In order to properly maintain your dental implants, your oral surgeon will help you establish a professional cleaning schedule. The time interval will vary on the number of implants and your current state of oral health. In addition to the professional cleanings, it’s vital you floss, brush, and rinse daily to keep your new dental implants infection-free. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to looking nearly identical to your other teeth, there are many benefits to moving forward with a dental implant procedure. The two most common reasons for proceeding with getting dental implants include the following: 

  • Appearance: Even if it’s not to replace a tooth you can see when you smile, your dental implant can still help with the overall appearance of your smile. For example, the longer you have an empty socket where a tooth has been extracted, the more risk you run of your other teeth shifting. A dental implant will help keep everything looking the same visually while preventing any shifts in your cheeks or other teeth. 
  • Health Maintenance: When you have a tooth extracted, you are left with an empty socket. This gap makes it easier for food to get trapped in your gums, increasing the chances of gum disease. It also keeps the surrounding bone sturdy and strong. 

When compared to other teeth replacement options, dental implants are the longest-lasting and strongest option. Dentures don’t allow you to exercise the same bite and bridges only have a life span of 10 years or so. Implants, if taken care of properly, can last you a lifetime. 

Speak With an Experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Today

The most important part of the process is ensuring you have a qualified surgeon to quickly and painlessly perform the implant procedure. With a talented surgeon by your side, you are setting yourself up for success. The team at Union City Oral Surgery Group has dedicated our careers to using only the most up-to-date technology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. With a people-focused approach, you are guided through every step of the process, from the initial consultation to the post-surgery care, where we will help identify an implant maintenance plan for you. 

To start the process today and see how we can best help you achieve the smile you deserve, give our office a call at (201) 601-9262 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.