Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
Dental implant surgery is one of the best procedures you can consider to regain your gorgeous smile and confidence. Once the titanium tooth is implanted into the jawbone, it will take some months to fuse with your jawbone to create a long-lasting and robust foundation for the crown (a new tooth). This implant is resistant to decay, so if it bonds with your jawbone perfectly, it will last a lifetime. But for this to happen, you need to take specific measures to heal well. Here are some tips you can consider to ensure your dental implants last longer.
Get checked by an expert regularly
After the implant is installed, you will need to go for a dental check-up regularly. Usually, this schedule is created by the dental implant expert, and the purpose of the visit is for your dentist to examine the root's condition. If there are any issues, the expert will fix them right any and offer tips to ensure you don't run into other problems. Therefore, make sure you show up for these meetings because they will be worth it in the long run.
Follow the after-care process
Other than visiting your dental implant surgery expert regularly, you will need to follow the after-care procedures they recommend. For instance, you must keep your teeth clean during this period to prevent any form of infection. Make sure you adhere to the instructions the experts provide. Generally, you are required to brush and floss every day. Your dental expert may also ask you to visit twice a year so they can clean your teeth. You also need to eat soft foods after surgery until your mouth heals. All this requires patience, but you will be glad once the permanent tooth is installed.
Change some of your habits
Habits like smoking can have adverse effects on your dental implants — it can cause potential failure. When nicotine builds up in your dental system, it makes it difficult for your gums to get a sufficient supply of blood. This will make it impossible for the areas that got affected during surgery to heal, or you could suffer from periodontal disease.
Grinding teeth loosens the cement that holds your implant in place, so if you struggle with this habit, consider talking to your dentist. They can recommend reliable solutions to ensure your dental implants and natural teeth don't get damaged. Furthermore, do not bite your nails, open things with your teeth or chew any random objects you find.