A dental implant makes it possible to replace lost teeth entirely. Titanium screws replace the roots of the teeth and they are capped with prosthetic teeth that look and work like the natural thing. Dental implants are made to last for a lifetime, but how long they last, in reality, depends on how well they are maintained. Here are some maintenance tips for implants:
Brush and Floss Regularly
As always, brush at least twice daily and floss at least once. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, low-abrasive toothpaste, and an unwaxed (or implant-specific) floss. You may also use water flossers once per day; supplement it with an antimicrobial rinse occasionally to reduce the risk of infection or inflammation.
Never Use Implants like Tools
Because of how they look and feel in the mouth, people sometimes forget that implants are not natural teeth. Don’t chew your nails, don’t chew ice, and don’t use your implants to open bottles or plastic covers. Prosthetic teeth can get chipped or damaged; to ensure they last long, use them conservatively.
Avoid Teeth-Staining Foods
While dental implants are mostly stain-resistant, the continuous consumption of colored food items may change their appearances over time. Reduce how much wine, coffee, dark teas, and soda drinks you consume. If you must eat colored foods, rinse your mouth immediately after.
In the months immediately after getting dental implants, it is important that you visit a dentist regularly to ensure that there are no problems with your new teeth.
If you are missing one or two teeth and you are considering getting implants, pay us a visit at Texas Premier Dental Clinic. Call 281-206-0100 for any inquiries or to schedule an appointment.