Patients in Sebastopol, CA ask, “Do teeth implants cause bad breath?”
The parts of your mouth are meant to work as a unit. When tooth loss occurs, it can be traumatic and can throw off the entire system. Teeth can shift, causing bite problems. Crowding of the teeth can lead to bacteria buildup because it is more difficult to clean the teeth. Bone health may deteriorate. Thankfully, teeth implants are a long-lasting option to restore your oral health. In Sebastopol, CA, Dr. Toni Mann and Dr. Silvano Senn offer ceramic dental implants to replace missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
When a tooth is lost, it disrupts the flow and function of your mouth. A dental implant is a tooth replacement that prevents dental health problems that would occur without a tooth in place. It is the only replacement option that stimulates the bone to provide long-term health benefits.
A dental implant is a small cylinder that is placed at the site of the missing tooth. At Sonoma Whole Health Dentistry, we use ceramic dental implants rather than titanium implants which are metal. We do not place metal in the body. Additionally, some patients have adverse reactions to the metal. Using ceramic dental implants is a safe, biocompatible option for patients.
Implants have three main components. The components work together to take on the appearance and function of a natural tooth. The care and quality of each of these contribute to its longevity.
- Implant – The post is positioned in the jaw to replace a missing tooth. It replaces the tooth root, stimulating and maintaining the health of the bone.
- Abutment – The abutment attaches to the implant, so a restoration can be placed.
- Crown – A crown is a ceramic cap that covers the abutment to look and function like a natural tooth.
Aesthetically and functionally, an implant topped with a crown appears to be a natural tooth. The implant looks, feels, and functions normally. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, a tooth implant can last a lifetime.
Anticipated lifespan of dental implants
When considering dental procedures, patients are often concerned about the proper care and anticipated lifespan of their restorations. They may even ask, “do teeth implants cause bad breath?” Regular oral hygiene rules apply. Brushing and flossing regularly help remove unwanted, bad breath-causing bacteria from the surfaces of your restoration. Patients should brush their teeth twice per day and floss daily. With dental implants, patients can rest assured that their dental work can last a lifetime with proper oral care. Routine dental exams should occur twice per year.
Compared to other dental restorations, implants are a more permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Ceramic implants are stable, are not subject to decay, and do not stress the surrounding teeth. Unlike other restorations, they provide oral and overall health benefits by mimicking the tooth root and stimulating the jawbone. Implants are long-lasting. They rarely fail due to rejection or functionality issues thanks to the advanced dental technology.
Caring for your implant
Good oral health habits can help prevent the buildup of bacteria. Prior to your dental procedure, your oral health is important. Your mouth is full of bacteria. It is important to try to minimize bacteria before a dental procedure to prevent the possibility of additional bacteria or infections. The healthier the starting point, the better the outcome of the implantation.
Following your procedure, you may notice some discomfort once the anesthetic wears off. This is normal and is to be expected after having an implant placed. Swelling and discomfort may be managed with ice or cold packs and over-the-counter painkillers. The inside of the mouth will be tender. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how to gently cleanse the treatment site.
After the bone and gums have healed around the implant, there are steps you can take to care for the restoration to ensure its longevity. General guidelines for care may include:
- Avoid abrasive oral care products
- Use a low fluoride toothpaste
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush
- Floss with implant specific dental floss
- Use oral irrigators for hard to reach areas
Tips for fresher breath
Keep your mouth free of excess bacteria by eating a healthy diet, limiting sugar, and drinking plenty of water. Following good health habits is important. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings. These steps help prevent the buildup of bacteria, which helps keeps your implant healthy, your breath fresh, and your oral cavity clean.
If you are considering ceramic dental implants as a long-term tooth replacement option, contact Dr. Silvano Senn and Dr. Toni Mann in their Sebastopol, CA office. Call 707 549-6333 .