Have you recently gotten a dental implant, or are you considering getting one? Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth.
These prosthetics are an effective solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth, or chronic dental problems. Implants are not only stronger and more durable than other tooth replacement options, but they also allow for a more natural look and feel, enhancing your confidence and quality of life.
The team of dental providers at Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey, are committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams while protecting your ongoing oral health. If implants are the right choice for you, there are steps you can take to make the most of your new teeth.
Here are our top tips on maximizing your implant’s lifespan and making sure your implant is comfortable and healthy for the long term.
Maintain oral hygiene
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular cleaning. Brushing and flossing daily remove food debris and plaque, preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria. Consider using an interdental brush designed for implants that can slide between teeth, efficiently cleaning around your implant.
Avoid damaging habits
Some habits can shorten the lifespan of your implant. Avoid chewing hard items like ice or opening bottles with your teeth. For people who grind or clench their teeth, talk to your Dental Studios provider about wearing a night guard to protect your implant.
Report any discomfort immediately
If you experience discomfort or suspect an issue with your implant, contact us right away. Early detection of problems allows for simpler, more effective solutions. For instance, if you feel looseness or misalignment, it may require a quick adjustment.
Wear protective gear during sports
If you engage in contact sports or activities that risk injury to your face, consider wearing a protective athletic mouthguard. This additional layer not only safeguards your implant but also protects the surrounding teeth and jawbone.
Keep regular dental appointments
To make sure your implant stays in optimal condition, it’s crucial to visit the dentist for regular checkups. Your Dental Studios provider offers professional cleaning and inspects your implant to make sure it's functioning correctly. We also monitor the health of your gums and the bones supporting the implant, providing preventive care and addressing potential issues before they escalate.
Consistent professional care, combined with your daily hygiene practices, means your dental implant provides a strong, beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Learn more about dental implants and how to maintain them by scheduling an appointment at Dental Studios today.