Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which can slip and be uncomfortable, or bridges, which rely on adjacent teeth for support, implants are a stand-alone solution that looks and feels just like your natural teeth.
With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Here are 9 tips to help you keep your implants healthy and looking their best:
1. Keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Just like your natural teeth, your implants need to be brushed twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to floss daily as well to remove any plaque or food particles that may have become trapped around the implant.
2. Visit your Valencia dentist regularly. While you may not need to see your dentist as often as you did before getting implants, it’s still important to have regular checkups and cleanings to ensure that your implants are healthy and free from infection.
3. Avoid biting down on hard objects. Biting your nails or using your teeth to open packages can put unnecessary stress on your implant and cause it to become loose or dislodged. Use caution when chewing hard foods such as candy or nuts, and avoid chewing ice or using your teeth as tools.
4. Don’t smoke cigarettes. Smoking cigarette not only discolors your teeth but also increases your risk of developing gum disease, which can lead to implant failure. If you currently smoke, now is the perfect time to quit for the sake of both your oral health and overall well-being.
5. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Excessive consumption of alcohol can also lead to gum disease and other dental problems that could jeopardize the success of your implant. Drink in moderation or cut back completely if possible.
6. Use caution with whitening products. Some whitening products are safe for use on dental implants, but others may cause damage or discoloration. Talk to your dentist about whitening options that will work best for you before using any over-the-counter products.
7. Wear a mouth guard if you play sports. Even if you’re careful, an accidental fall or blow to the face while playing sports could damage one or more of your implants. To protect yourself, always wear a mouth guard when participating in any type of athletic activity.
8. Get treatment for medical conditions promptly. If you have diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, or another chronic medical condition, it’s important to get treatment right away as these conditions can adversely affect dental implant success. Be sure to let your dentist know about any medical conditions you have so they can provide the best possible care.
9. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist if you experience any problems. Even with proper care, dental implants can fail. If you notice anything unusual about your implants such as redness, swelling, increased sensitivity, or pain, please contact us right away so we can determine the cause and provide appropriate treatment.
Dental implants are a great way to restore function and aesthetic appeal after tooth loss – but they require special care to maintain their longevity. By following these 9 tips, you can help ensure that your dental implants stay healthy for many years to come.