If you’ve chosen to have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants, you want to make sure that the treatment works and continues to do so for as long as possible. Believe it or not, you play a crucial role in ensuring that your dental implants are successful. By following the tips detailed below, you can have dental implants that last for a lifetime!
Although your dental implants will not be susceptible to tooth decay, getting dental implants doesn’t mean that your days of taking care of your teeth are over. Other oral problems, such as gum disease, can cause implant failure. In gum disease, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the connective tissues between teeth and gums, causing recession. When the gums recede too much, your dental implants become exposed and unsupported. Therefore, you need to continue your daily oral routine with your implants. Each day, brush twice for two minutes each time and floss once to prevent plaque from causing problems with your tooth replacements. These simple tasks keep the support for your remaining natural teeth and your restored teeth strong for the long term.
Although dental implants are firmly embedded into your jaw bone, the bond is not indestructible. Injuries or damage can occur to dislodge or knock out these replacement teeth just as much as natural teeth. That’s why you need to shield your dental implants as best as you can. If you participate in contact sports, such as football, basketball, or hockey, make sure you wear a mouthguard. This appliance can offer the protection your smile needs from impacts. Although you can purchase mouthguards at most drugstores, they may be too big and feel uncomfortable. We at Dream Smile Team can provide you with a custom-made mouthguard so that it fits perfectly and comfortably in your mouth.
In addition to at-home oral care, you need to continue coming to Dream Smile Team for your semiannual checkups. These routine visits allow Dr. Baldwin to examine your mouth and make sure that your dental implants are still functioning properly. If he finds anything amiss, he can address it right away before the condition causes damage to your restored smile. In addition, these appointments also give our team the chance to remove any plaque accumulation that you might have missed on your own. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it is much harder to get rid of, which is why getting a regular cleaning is so important!
If it’s been a while since your last visit with us, contact our team today so that we can get you back on track