How long do dental implants last? There are certain things you can do to ensure they are in good condition as long as possible. By taking care of your implant and surrounding teeth and gums, you can avoid complications in the future that may require another surgery or even tooth extraction of the implant. This is rare, but can happen. It is also crucial to watch and feel your mouth every day to be aware of how your implants are doing. Here at Gresham Dental Excellence, our dentists can advise you on how to best care for your dental implants.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
When you visit our dentist for regular checkups, make sure to ask about proper oral hygiene practices. We may give you a specific plan for brushing, flossing and mouthwash use. At home, it is important that you brush twice daily. Brush once in the morning and once before bed, and make sure to floss at least once a day. It may also be a good idea to purchase a water flosser or electric toothbrush, which can help remove food particles from between the teeth. These products can reduce plaque buildup and keep gums healthy. If you feel your implants are becoming loose due to brushing, contact our office for guidance.
Eat A Healthy Diet
You may think your teeth are able to take care of themselves, but that is not true. Your teeth are constantly at risk of being damaged by bacteria and decay, which is why it is important to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. Maintaining good oral health can help you avoid dental problems and fillings that you do not want or need. The best way to get healthy teeth is by eating a healthy diet, which also means drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary drinks, snacking often on fresh fruits and vegetables, eating lean protein, choosing foods with whole grains for fiber content and low-fat dairy for calcium.
Do Not Chew On Hard Objects
If you are conscious about your new teeth, ensure that you do not chew on hard objects in order to prevent breakage of your teeth. We will provide you with recommendations as to how to keep your implants well taken care of. Follow our recommendations carefully and be patient until they fully fuse into your jawbone. Once they do, make sure that you regularly visit us so that we can inspect them for potential problems or signs of failure or rejection.
Visit Us Regularly
In partners with Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we do all phases of implant dentistry from single implants to all your teeth in a day just as advertised on TV. With this unique relationship and the fact we are certified with the implant manufacturing company, we provide implants with a lifetime guarantee. That is, if any implant fails we will replace at no cost to the patient.
A healthy mouth and teeth are important for good overall health. Frequent checkups will also alert you to potential problems that could become problematic later down the road. Maintaining a healthy mouth will improve overall oral health and prevent damage that could lead to complications with dental implants in future years. It is also worth noting that dentists can detect signs of oral cancer, so do not skip your regular dental cleanings and exams. Contact Gresham Dental Excellence today at (971) 431-7292 to schedule an appointment.