While patients can become extremely excited about dental implants, they can also become just as hesitant. We understand that the idea of protecting these exceptional tooth replacement solutions may feel like a tall order. The good news is that your daily care will primarily remain the same. Brush and floss like you would for a fully natural smile and you will maintain good oral health. Regarding the additional details of keeping your implants safe and in one piece, we would like to share some simple yet effective tips. They will help you feel optimistic about your ability to enjoy successful implants for many years to come.
Tip #1: Prevent Peri-Implantitis
When bacteria have the chance to accumulate and irritate gum tissue surrounding a dental implant, it leads to a problem called peri-implantitis. This, of course, may lead to the failure of your implant. To avoid it, simply brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist for twice annual preventive cleanings to ensure your tissues remain as free of plaque as possible.
Tip #2: Avoid The Too-Hard, Too-Crunchy Foods
Do you love nuts, hard pretzels, and anything super crunchy or difficult to crack? While these foods offer benefits like plaque removal, they can also lead to the demise of both natural teeth and prosthetic work. Avoiding these potentially damaging snacks is one option. Or, if you must indulge, break the foods down a bit first by cutting them into smaller, bite-size pieces, so you can avoid placing excess pressure on your crowns and implants.
Tip #3: Treat Your Bruxism
Do you suffer from bruxism, the habitual grinding or clenching of your teeth? If so, it is essential that you seek treatment to protect your dental implants and restorations. Consistent pressure can lead to damage both to natural and artificial structures.
ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:
Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).