Dental implants are a reliable and permanent solution to tooth decay and jawbone loss. Where there once was a painful molar or a gaping hole, there is now a perfectly crafted, new tooth.
These new teeth won’t be at risk for some of the same problems as real teeth. However, they can still be damaged. On the other hand, if you care for them well, your dental implants are estimated to endure 25 years or more. For some people, they will even last for the rest of their life. Below are some tips to help you be part of that last group.
1.Don’t Open Packages with Your Teeth
If you didn’t hear it from your mom, it’s time you hear it from us; don’t tear things open with your teeth. It can be tempting to open that troublesome bag of chips with your teeth when your hands are full. However, doing so pulls your implants in directions that they shouldn’t move.
You should also avoid chewing on pens and other plastic items. This can wear down your implants the same way they will wear down your regular teeth. So go the extra mile and grab the scissors or pop some gum when those urges hit.
2.Continue Your Dentist Visits
You can sometimes have complications with your dental implants, even with the best care and maintenance. Visiting your dentist regularly will help correct issues before they become irreparable. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist every six months. However, immediately after the surgery, your oral surgeon or dentist may want to see you more frequently to monitor any changes.
3.Brush and Floss as Normal
Just because you’ve gotten dental implants doesn’t let you off the hook for oral hygiene. Dental implants need the same care your regular teeth do. The most important time for you to focus on your teeth is after meals.
Brushing two or three times a day keeps your implants in great condition. If you have sensitive teeth, you can also use an oral irrigator instead of regular floss. These irrigators, also known as water flossers, are especially helpful in reducing bleeding.
4.Protecting Your Dental Implants
For the most part, you should think of your dental implants as normal teeth. And just like normal teeth, they can become damaged.
Luckily, it’s easy to take care of them. Doing the basics, like brushing, flossing, getting regular X-rays and watching what you put in your mouth will help you avoid most problems.
To learn more about getting dental implants or taking care of them, talk to our team here at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We’re happy to answer all your questions.