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Top Ways to Keep Dental Implants in Good Condition

Posted on 11/15/2015 by Bruce M MacNicol
A diagram of how a dental implant fits inside a patients jaw.Dental implants are one of the most effective ways to replace missing teeth. They provide your mouth with the stability it needs while stimulating your jaw bone enough to encourage its growth. If you have received dental implants in order to replace your missing teeth, there are some important facts you need to know in order to keep them in optimal condition. Generally, implants will last for many years, but if you do not care for them properly, they could fail prematurely.

Make sure to Clean them Properly
It makes sense that oral hygiene is important when you have implants, just as when you have your natural teeth, but careful attention needs to be paid to the areas with implants. If plaque and bacteria are able to get into the areas with implants, they can become less stable. As the infection festers, the area between your gums and teeth will become less healthy and the implant could eventually fail. This risk is just as high with your natural teeth; if an infection is left to continue to grow, your teeth become less healthy and are at risk for loss. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is the best way to ensure that your implants stay in good health.

Don't Grind Your Teeth

If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) and you have dental implants, you could render your implants useless. Natural teeth can withstand a certain amount of grinding without losing their effectiveness. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be completely destroyed by the hard pressure that teeth grinding can cause. While it is true that dental implants are among the strongest tooth replacement option, they were not meant for teeth grinding. If you are worried that you grind your teeth at night, it is important to talk to us about the necessary precautions to take in order to save the integrity of your implants.

Watch your Diet and Lifestyle
Although dental implants are among the most successful and sturdiest of tooth replacement options, you still need to watch your diet and lifestyle in order to ensure that you are able to keep them healthy. If you smoke, you put yourself at risk for gum disease, which can lessen the ability of your implants to stay healthy. In addition, if you follow a poor diet, do not get the right nutrients, and do not stay hydrated, you put your mouth at further risk for diseases, which makes it harder for your implants to stay sturdy in your mouth.

If you have dental implants, it is very important that you take good care of your mouth. Proper oral hygiene habits, a good diet, and good habits are all necessary to ensure the satisfaction and durability of your implants. You will not have to make drastic changes to your life because chances are if you were a good candidate for implants in the first place, you are already leading a healthy lifestyle.

At your regular checkups, we will help you determine if your implants are still in good condition as well as let you know about the condition of your gums. If we see any weak spots or areas of concern, we will let you know and help you to determine what changes need to be made in order to ensure that your implants are able to stay in for many years to come.

If you are concerned about the stability of your dental implants, please call our office today to set up your appointment! Our staff is ready and willing to help!
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