When you get any work done, you definitely want to try your best to make sure that you heal properly and stay healthy so you don’t require additional work later on. When it comes to dental implants, you can care for them like you normally care for your natural teeth and go to check with your dentist on any issues as they arise to prevent infections from occurring. Also, just because dental implants are tooth replacements doesn’t necessarily mean that they are invincible from damage. They too can be stained like natural teeth and damaged over time if neglected.
The following article will go over methods to prevent damage to your dental implants as well as things to look out for when taking care of them. Be sure to follow along and reach out to your local dental clinic or the staff here at All-In-One Dental Innovations to learn more about dental implant care. Continue reading for more.
A crucial component to taking care of and maintaining your dental implants is visiting your dentist regularly after surgery. Although you may think you know obvious signs to look out for like excessively bleeding gums or infection, your local dental health professional will have expertise in looking out for potential problems before they arise rather than you playing a guessing game until it’s too late. The Nordimplant Dental Clinic discusses in detail some more serious issues that your dentist will know to look out for post-op. Be sure to go to your dentist if you have any concerns about your dental implant’s health no matter how small the issue.
“It is important to check out for signs of early inflammation, bleeding, exudate, mobility, increased sulcus depth and take appropriate measures. Also, a radiographic assessment of the soft tissue surrounding a dental implant can be performed. It remains a standard approach to evaluate the status of the patient’s dental implants. For example, properly inserted, successful and steady implants have no mobility. However, if mobility is determined then the implant has to be examined for looseness or breakage.”
Another obvious part to maintaining good dental health after dental implant surgery is following a proper hygiene routine. Just because your dental implants are replacements to natural teeth, doesn’t mean that you can neglect caring for them. Although dental implant procedures are made to be as painless as possible, you don’t want to worry about correcting your dental implant(s) with another surgery or replacing them entirely because you failed to maintain the first implants you had. Similarly to your natural teeth, dental implants require frequent brushing, flossing, and rinsing. It’s also a good idea to stray away from harmful foods that can tear away the protective coat on your implants and make them susceptible to damage. Smoking and excessive drinking can also damage dental implants. Look below to learn more about dental implant care from Comprehensive Dentistry.
“On a day-to-day basis, you should care for your implants in the same way that you would your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene plays a vital role in the long-term success of your implants. Implants, like natural teeth, depend on healthy gum tissue for support. If you do not remove the daily build-up of bacterial biofilm (plaque) from the implant crowns, an infection called peri-implantitis can grow and cause loss of attachment. This infection can be downright disastrous due to the speed in which it advances and the amount of destruction it causes. Peri-implantitis can result in bone loss the size of a dish around the implant, quickly triggering tooth loss.”
In addition to cleaning your dental implants, you need to be careful what you eat and avoid bad habits. Certain foods are extremely harmful to your implants because of a hard texture or the sticky residue they leave behind. Try to eat softer foods immediately following surgery or at least break down hard foods into smaller bites and be a little more cautious as to how you eat hard foods. Teeth grinding is also a pretty damaging habit that can cause your dental implant’s crown to wear away and become vulnerable to more serious destruction. You can reduce and even eliminate teeth grinding, which often happens while you sleep, by wearing a tooth guard at night. Read below for more information about these issues in the following article from WisconsinSmiles.
“Don’t Chew Ice or Hard Candy
When you put something in your mouth, your natural instinct is to chew it. Hard candy and ice cubes can chip or crack your implant crown. Accidents also happen with olive pits, nuts, and other hard foods. It is a good idea to exercise caution when eating anything that might contain something hard.
Nighttime clenching and grinding may lead to chipped or broken dental implant crowns. If you clench and grind your teeth, we might recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth and your dentistry. Constant, excessive pressure of bruxism might damage your implant crown and can also cause your dental implant to fail. If you ever feel sensitivity or pain upon waking, let us know so we can protect your investment with a bite adjustment or nightguard.”
For more information about protecting your dental implants from damage, be sure to visit Dr. James Huang and the rest of the staff at All-In-One Dental Innovations for a quick consultation. Schedule your appointment by calling (925) 828-9811 today!
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