So, you have dental implants and you feel so happy that you decided on this type of replacement for your missing teeth. However, along with that sense of security comes a new form of anxiety you never expected: You feel very concerned about ensuring you’re protecting them, so they can last forever. You will be happy to learn that this is not going to require anything drastic or complex. Ready for those good habits you can adopt (or continue), so implants remain protected? We’ve got them for you!
#1: Keep Your Smile Healthy
Dental implants that end up remaining in your smile successfully for many years (if not forever) require you to keep your smile healthy. Success is highly dependent on your ability to prevent problems like gum inflammation. How to do this? Brush, floss, schedule preventive care with us. It’s really that basic.
#2: Avoid Too Much Pressure
A common factor associated with the demise of dental implants is way too much pressure. Your teeth, real and artificial, can take only so much. So, don’t require them to perform tasks they were not meant to complete (they don’t replace a hand, a knife, scissors, or anything else). Just eat food (that isn’t too hard), speak, sing, laugh, and you’ll be fine.
#3: Stop Smoking
When you smoke cigarettes or you use any other forms of tobacco, you’re putting your oral health and your dental implants in the line of potential harm. Smoking reduces your body’s ability to heal, it makes you more likely to end up with an infection, and it increases your chance of periodontal disease and oral cancer. As a result, the chance of dental implant failure goes up, too.
Protect Implants With Our Helpful Advice
Remember that keeping your dental implants safe and sound is simple and very effective. Need help? Just ask us about it. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.