Dental implants are an important investment! They’ll guarantee you a beautiful, healthy smile for a long time. But like any investment, steps need to be taken to keep them safe. Although over 95 percent of dental implant placements are successful, there is the possibility of a failed implant procedure if you don’t take the proper steps to protect your dental implants post-treatment.
Oral hygiene is more important than ever when you have dental implants. Plaque buildup can lead to disease and infection. If the tissue around your implant becomes infected, you may end up losing your implant.
To help prevent this, brush twice each day with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Make sure you’re brushing thoroughly around the implant and using floss and mouthwash to get to those hard-to-reach-spots your toothbrush may not catch.
Treat your implants no differently than you would your real teeth! Make sure you’re caring for them properly and preventing loss or damage that sometimes can be irreversible.
Stay Away from Smoking
Tobacco can destroy the tissue in your gums and bone, leading to the loss of your implant. It’s suggested that people who smoke tobacco not get dental implants for this reason. Meanwhile, nicotine can also wreak havoc on your immune system, making it harder for your body to heal post-placement. A lack of blood flow and oxygen can sometimes prevent the bone from fusing to the implant altogether.
Not every person who smokes experiences implant failure, but individuals need to anticipate the issues that may arise when it comes to caring for their dental implants.
Eat Foods Carefully
The great thing about dental implants is that you can get back to eating the foods you love! However, you should still be cautious! When it comes to hot coffee or hot soups, give them time to cool. Hot liquids can cause inflammation around your implant. Meanwhile, consuming hot and cold foods at the same time can lead to cracked implants. Heat expands your implants, while the cold shrinks them. These two opposing forces can cause damage.
Whatever you decide to eat, don’t open the packaging with your teeth! You don’t want to cause serious damage to your dental implants over something as silly as a bag of chips!
Visit Your Dentist
Make sure you visit your dentist regularly (at least two times per year). They have the knowledge and tools to thoroughly clean your teeth and the areas around your implants. They can see how you’re healing, and they can pinpoint any potential issues.
When it comes to dental implants, don’t worry about going through the process alone. Our dentists in Reading, Easton, and beyond can help you before, during, and after your procedure to help protect your dental implants and increase the probability of success.
A single dental implant costs only $2,000 and includes both the abutment and crown for a natural, finished look. We invite you to request a free consultation with our team so you can learn more about the dos and don’ts of dental implants!