Tips to Improve the Lifespan of Your Dental Implants
Apart from short dental implants care practices, there are some guidelines you need to follow to improve their lifespan.
Lifetime care and maintenance for your dental implants are not as complex as some patients think. You will only require special care during the recovery period since your gum is vulnerable at the time. After recovery, you will take care of your dental implants just as your natural teeth.
Dental implants serve as restorations for missing teeth, thus improving your bite and teeth functionalities. Apart from restoring teeth functionality, specialists can use implants in cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile.
What Are the Factors That Reduce the Lifespan of Your Implants?
Like your natural teeth that are prone to decay, fracturing, tartar, and plaque build-up, you need to prevent your implants from some damaging factors. Without the following factors, the success rates of your implants are high:
- Smoking and using tobacco products
- Deficient jawbone
- Some medical conditions and medications
- Periodontal diseases
- Poor oral hygiene
Signs of Dental Implants Failure
When you see the following warning signs of dental implants failure, you should contact your dentist for professional care:
- Swelling and gum recession
- Loosening of the implant
- Severe pain and discomfort
- Difficulties while chewing
Tips for the Maintenance of Dental Implants
For the first 48 hours after dental implants surgery, you will have to carry out specialized care for your implants as your dentist instructs. To keep your gums healthy and the implants in top working order, follow the tips below:
Regular Dental Cleanings
Just like your natural teeth, your implants will require regular professional dental cleanings to remove tartar and plaque build-up. During the cleanings, your dentist can use scaling techniques as well as floss your teeth to remove debris on your teeth surface and gumline.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
During the regular dental exams, your dentist will check your bite, your implant’s strength, and compatibility with the gum. Apart from checking your implants, your dentist will assess your mouth for potential dental issues and conditions such as oral cancer. At Union Hill Dental, we recommend dental check-ups at least twice a year.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing are significant parts of maintaining good oral hygiene. Therefore, including brushing and flossing in your routine oral hygiene practice would be beneficial to your implants.
When brushing your teeth, you should use a brush with gentle bristles, use fluoride toothpaste, and do it at least twice a day. When flossing, use a flossing thread and do it gently at least once in a day to remove plaque beneath your teeth surfaces.
Gum infections cause the recession, thus leading to the loosening of your implants. Therefore, you should protect your gums from infections by using antiseptic mouth rinses.
Observation and Immediate Action
The first line of defense against dental implant failure is observing. When you have dental implants, our dentist recommends you be keen on pain, discomfort and chewing difficulties with your implants. If you experience such issues, it is advisable to contact your dentist immediately to avoid further complications with your dental implants.
Foods and Beverages
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods. However, there are some foods and beverages you should avoid or minimize. Some of the foods and beverages include:
- Hard and sticky foods. Biting on hard foods can damage your implants, just like your natural teeth. On the other hand, sticky foods can cause wear and tear of your implants and sometimes decay, causing gum infections.
- Ice. As much as you enjoy ice, chewing on ice can damage your implants as well as your natural teeth
- Colored beverages. Colored beverages can stain your teeth as well as your implants. Therefore you should minimize the intake of drinks such as red wine, coffee, and grape juice or brush your teeth after drinking to prevent staining.
Sports and Activities
When playing contact sports or getting involved in an aggressive activity, you might get hit, leading to injury on your implants. Therefore, you should consider wearing a mouthguard to prevent injury while playing. You can get a mouthguard from your dentist or a sports equipment store.
By following the tips above, you will improve the lifespan of your implants as well as your natural teeth.