7 Ways to Make Your Dental Implants Last Long

added on: June 23, 2020

If you’ve invested in dental implants, there’s no way that you wouldn’t want to get the most bang for your buck. With the right aftercare, your dental implants can last you for many years to come, and for some, even a lifetime!  At Burkburnett Family Dental, we want to help our patients enjoy their beautiful smiles and new dental implants for as long as possible. With these care tips from our Burkburnett implant dentist, you won’t have anything to worry about!

1. Follow After-Care Instructions

One of the first steps to making your dental implants last for as long as possible is following our specific after-care instructions following your procedure. During the healing process, it’s important to take dental hygiene as seriously as possible to avoid infections. We highly encourage you to call us if any signs of trouble pop up. While you wait for your jaw to heal, try eating only soft foods until the area heals completely. This will prevent you from accidentally chewing in the area on something hard and crunchy.

2. Keep Your Oral Hygiene Up

If you never made your oral hygiene a priority, it absolutely must be after getting dental implants. Without good oral hygiene, you can develop complications from gum disease. Your implants can fail with bad oral hygiene. With that said, make sure you’re not only keeping the implant areas clean but your gums and any remaining teeth. We recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day to prevent gum disease.

3. Don’t Smoke or Use Tobacco Products

If you have dental implants, using any type of tobacco product is one way to decrease the longevity of your implant’s life. Smoking doesn’t just dry out your gums and teeth, but it can cause gum disease and tooth loss. If you want to extend the lifespan of your dental implants, you will quit before you even have surgery.

4. Address Grinding Habits ASAP

Not only does grinding and clenching cause problems such as worn, cracked, or broken teeth, but it can cause your dental implants to fail. If you don’t address your grinding problem before getting dental implants, you’re putting your dental implants and tooth replacements at risk. The simple way to protect your dental implants from grinding and clenching is by wearing a nightguard every night.

5. Don’t Use Teeth as Tools

Although you shouldn’t use your teeth as tools, you really shouldn’t use your dental implants and replacement teeth as tools. This means you don’t use your teeth to open things, bite your nails, chew on things that aren’t food, or chew on hard candy or ice. Don’t chew on anything that could damage your teeth!

6. Take Care of Your Health

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Your overall health is just as important as your oral health. Your overall health can impact your oral health and vice versa. For example, if you suffer from osteoporosis or diabetes, it can affect your oral health and therefore your dental implants. Before your procedure, we will ask you a series of questions to determine if any health conditions will affect the life of your dental implants.

7. Visit Us For Checkups

Our last tip for getting the most mileage out of your dental implants is visiting us regularly for checkups. We highly recommend visiting us every 6 months to ensure your dental implants, gums, and teeth are as healthy as possible. If we find anything out of the ordinary, we will address it early on.

If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Burkburnett, contact our implant dentist today to learn more! Please call us at or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.

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