Dental implants are a wonderful solution for people who suffer from having missing teeth. They look like your natural teeth and restore your confidence and smile. You might be considering getting dental implants due to sleep apnoea or a variety of other disorders that have left your teeth damaged. Knowing that this is a long-term investment in your health, wellness, and quality of life, you might wonder how you can care for my dental implants, so they last as long as possible?
Luckily, care for dental implants is relatively simple.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Generally, dental implants need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. However, some implants will last for up to 20 years with proper care.
How To Make Dental Implants Last Longer
Here are some tips for caring for dental implants.
Use a Soft Toothbrush
Soft toothbrushes are less abrasive, decreasing the likelihood of damaging your gums and causing bleeding. Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush doesn’t matter. Just make sure you use soft bristles.
Avoid Abrasive Products
Toothpaste with baking soda and stain removers can wear down acrylic, damaging your dental implants. Ask your dentist what toothpaste they recommend for optimal health and implant longevity.
Avoid Sticky/Hard Foods
This is especially important while you are still in the recovery process. Eating crunchy or sticky food can set back integral parts of healing or can age your implants even faster.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking affects your health, and your oral hygiene is no exception. Smoking affects the soft tissue of your mouth, decreasing its ability to fight against infection, which makes it that much more challenging to recover from surgery and experience optimal healing. Smoking will make it that much more challenging to care for your dental implants properly and will reduce their lifespan considerably.
Drinking alcohol while still recovering from your surgery could lead to a condition called avascular necrosis (AVN). Simply put, this is a death of the bone and significantly compromises the integrity of your dental implant. After recovery, drinking in moderation is okay, but abstaining entirely will help you care for your dental implants longer.
Schedule Regular Visits to the Dentist
Having a regular visit with your dentist is a proactive approach to dental implant longevity so that if there is something that is of concern, you’ll catch it early before it becomes a huge problem.
Deciding whether to get dental implants is a significant decision. Still, when you work with a skilled dental professional and do your part to take care of your dental implants, you’ll likely find that they give you more confidence and a higher quality of life.
It’s essential to educate yourself and ask plenty of questions before committing to dental implants. Our staff is happy to meet with you to discuss whether dental implants are a good solution for you. Contact us today to learn more!