Dental implants are a great way to get your smile back. The best part is that no one will know that you have prosthetic teeth unless you tell them! But while your new pearlies look like the real thing, there are a few differences you need to keep in mind when caring for your custom made grin.
Our natural teeth have a bit of “give” to cushion against excessive bite force. This is because the tooth is attached to the bone by the periodontal ligament. That ligament is a flexible membrane. In the case of dental implants, the teeth are attached directly to the rigid bone. Too much force can potentially damage that bone. Not only will this compromise the effectiveness of the implant, but it can be a painful experience. Treat your dental implants kindly and don’t apply unnecessary force when chewing.
Natural teeth are chock full of nerves that let you know its boundaries. Any undue force will be communicated to your brain right away and you can adjust your bite as needed. Implants, unfortunately, don’t share this quality. The only pressure you will feel is on the bone, and that is not nearly as sensitive as natural tooth nerves. That’s why it is so important to start off slow and pay extra attention to your bite if you have dental implants.
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Getting the most out of your bite starts at the very beginning of your implant process. No matter how carefully you chew or how well you pay attention to your new teeth, that won’t do you any good if they haven’t been properly balanced and designed in the first place. Ensure to invest in a skilled denturist who will not only be able to build you the perfect custom set of teeth, but will take the time to show you how to properly care for your new smile. Regular checkups and maintenance are key to the longevity of your dental implants.
To learn more about dental implants in Calgary and how they can improve your life, contact the experts at South Calgary Denture and Implant Clinic today!