For those of you who already have dental implants or are getting ready to have them surgically installed, you might be interested to know how you can make your dental implants last longer—maybe for even a lifetime.

Fortunately, dental implants are fairly durable when compared to your natural teeth and some other tooth replacement options. Although, despite your implants being able to endure harsher conditions for longer, dental implants are still susceptible to damage over time and depending on the circumstances. Patients should take caution to properly maintain their dental implants with healthy eating and  drinking as well as with regular hygiene care.

Burke Dental will explore how dental implants compare to other similar options for smile restoration and provide inside as to how to make your dental implants last longer. Read down below for more information.

Dental implants are similar to your natural teeth in that they can face potential damage from harmful eating, drinking, or drug use habits. You should take care to monitor your intake of extremely acidic or pigmented foods as well as consumption of alcohol and drugs. These substances can cause your implants to eventually wear down their protective exterior coating and stain the implant’s crown. Read more about limited your consumption of these items—alcohol, drugs, and pigmented food—in the following article from Dr. Kevin B. Sands, DDS.

DO DENTAL IMPLANTS STAIN?

“Staining along the gumline is also common with dental implants. This is because the bonding material that is used to fix the implant to the new titanium root beneath your gums is not a natural material. Regular visits to your dentist to clean and polish this area can keep stains along the gumline in check.”

You can also minimize stains on your dental implants by avoiding certain food and drinks such as coffee, tea, berries, red wine, and dark-colored soda. Smoking and tobacco chewing also causes staining.”

 

Another thing to remember is that dental implants also require regular hygienic care. This means daily tooth brushing, flossing, and oral rinsing with mouthwash along with any other additional care tasks prescribed by your dental surgeon. By following these steps, you can keep your smile looking bright and your health in order. Here’s some more insight into what Sunstar Americas, Inc. thinks about caring for your dental implants.

Implant Care

“Several types of cleaning aids are used for the dental implant and your dental hygienist can provide personalized recommendations.

Any natural teeth you have must be cleaned thoroughly with a toothbrush with tapered bristles to reach under the gum line. Between-teeth-cleaning should be accomplished with either interdental brushes or dental floss. The implants need special care, as the metal surface can easily be scratched which allows the surface to harbor harmful bacteria that could cause inflammation of the tissues around the implant.

GUM® Soft-Picks® are ideal for implants, as they have soft, rubber tips and will not scratch implants. Metal objects such as pipe cleaners, safety pins, hard brushes, or paper clips may permanently scratch the dental implant, which then allows the implant to harbor bacteria and may cause infection of the tissues surrounding the implant.

If the implant prosthesis is removable, it will also need to be cleaned daily with a soft toothbrush. Flossing is best accomplished with special floss that is designed for dental implants, such as GUM® PostCare Implant Flossing Aids and GUM® EasyThread™ Floss.”

 

The Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center discusses the importance of regular consultations with your dental health professional even after your implant surgery is over. By making sure you followup with your doctor with any concerns related to your dental implants and staying up-to-date on any necessary care changes, you can prevent the need for corrective surgery and ensure the health of your implants. Don’t risk your dental health by neglecting to visit your dentist!

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO HAVE MY DENTAL IMPLANTS CHECKED?

“Dental implants can last for decades, but it’s important for you to take proper care of the devices in order to get the maximum benefit from them. You should be prepared to get follow-up care for your dental implants at regular intervals.

The frequency of these appointments will vary and will decrease the longer that you’ve had the implants. As you heal in the weeks after the initial dental implant placement surgery, your oral surgeon will want to follow you more closely in order to monitor the healing process and promptly address any issues that arise.”

For more information on dental implant care and after-procedure maintenance, consult with Burke Dental by calling us at (703) 978-6000!

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