Since they became widely accepted more than 30 years ago, dental implants have been known for their impressive resemblance to natural teeth. They are attractive, highly functional, and low-maintenance. In light of those qualities, many patients mistakenly believe that these replacement teeth do not require special care.
The truth is that implants require the very same special care that your natural teeth deserve. They are vulnerable to many of the same risk factors that can threaten the integrity of your natural teeth. Gum disease, trauma, and poor overall health can shorten the lifespan of both your natural teeth as well as your implants.
The truth is that implants require the very same special care that your natural teeth deserve.
Granted, dental implants do not require special toothpastes, flosses, brushes, or equipment for home use. And these teeth do not have to be removed at night or adjusted at the dental office. Still, they must be cared for diligently and protected from damage in order to deliver long-term success.
To preserve and protect your real and replacement teeth, you must brush and floss thoroughly each day to remove plaque and food debris. By reducing bacterial plaque, you can also reduce your risk for periodontal disease, inflammation, and bone loss. This effort will ultimately help to maintain a strong foundation between your teeth, gums, and the underlying bone.
Practice a healthy lifestyle and strengthen your immune system to protect your dental health. Uncontrolled health conditions and immune disorders can contribute to dental disease, tooth loss, and implant failure.
Traumatic injuries can also lead to tooth loss and implant destruction. Protecting your teeth with a mouthguard during sports activities is recommended for both natural and artificial teeth. If you suffer from TMJ disorders and bruxism, a protective mouthguard will also be helpful in reducing the impact of excessive forces on your teeth.
Caring for your dental implants can be relatively simple, but they certainly warrant your attention.
To discuss the impact of dental implants on your lifestyle, contact the the office of Dr. Beth Tomlin, serving Highland Park and surrounding areas, at 214-522-9700 to schedule an informative consultation today.