Dental implants are one of the most effective tooth replacement options out there. They look and feel just like a natural tooth, giving you a very convenient way to restore your smile.
With the right maintenance, a dental implant can last for decades, maybe even a lifetime. If you are thinking about getting this procedure, it’s very important to understand what you are signing up for in terms of maintenance.
So check out these useful tips on how to care for new dental implants to enjoy your new smile for a long time:
In general, it’s better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, both for your natural teeth and dental implants. They provide a much more gentle brushing experience while still allowing you to clean your teeth thoroughly.
For implants specifically, hard bristles can scratch the dental crown, which can wear them down a lot sooner than you’d probably like.
You should be brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day, but preferably after every meal, and floss your teeth daily.
The mouth is filled with harmful bacteria which can feed on the food particles that linger after you eat. When they do, they release acids which slowly break down the enamel of the tooth, leading to cavities.
Dental implants can’t get cavities, but if bacteria accumulate on them you can develop gum disease. Bacteria can form plaque, which hardens into tartar, and starts attacking the gums.
Hard foods like nuts, crackers, chips, or bread crusts can wear down the dental crown faster, which at some point can lead to chips, cracks, or even a broken crown.
While you don’t have to remove these foods from your diet entirely, be mindful of them if you want to prolong the lifespan of your implant. The same goes if you have a habit of chewing on hard objects like pen caps. It can apply unnecessary pressure to the crown and wear it down.
Similarly, sticky foods such as caramel can also damage the implant by pulling on it every time you chew it. Consider sucking on these sweets instead, or opt for a healthier snack!
Fresh vegetables and fruits can encourage saliva production, which is an essential part of a healthy smile. Saliva helps to flush out bacteria and food particles, greatly decreasing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
If you are dealing with missing teeth and are wondering if implants are the right solution for you, Dr. Jacob Deniakos can help you find out if you’re a good candidate.
To get started, book a dental implant consultation at SOLA Dental online, or call us at (337) 993-3223 today for more information.