What Can Prevent You From Keeping Dental Implants for a Lifetime?
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Are you interested in a dental restoration to treat your tooth loss? If so, dental implants are a long-term solution that you should consider. When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, certain activities may lead to implant failure, so they should be avoided at all costs.
Failure to Visit Us Regularly
Just because you have dental implants doesn't mean that you no longer need to visit the dentist. Regular evaluations in our office are one of the best things that you can do to extend the life of your dental implants. We will remove harmful plaque and tartar before it has a chance to cause decay or gum disease. The health of your mouth is important for the longevity of your dental implants, and we'll help to keep your mouth in top condition.
Failure to Brush and Floss Regularly
Good oral hygiene is also a necessity if you want to keep your dental implants for life. This includes brushing at least twice per day and flossing regularly. Swishing your mouth out with a mouthwash can also help to keep bacteria and plaque levels under control, which will keep your dental implants healthy and in good condition.
Failure to Treat Bruxism
Dental implants are strong and durable, but if put under any unnatural pressure, they could crack and break. Clenching and grinding at night – known as bruxism – is one of the most destructive things that you can do to your teeth. If you find yourself clenching and grinding, even at night while you are asleep, talk to us about treatment options. This will likely include the use of a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Do you need more information about how to care for your dental implants? If so, call our office today to learn more.
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