Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

How Long Can a Dental Implant Last?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are quite the investment of time and money. If you get one, then you want to be sure it will last as long as possible.

Implants Can Last a Lifetime

It’s hard to say exactly how long dental implants can last. Most dentists give an estimate of around 25 years. There aren’t yet enough long-term studies to prove that implants last a lifetime, but in 98% of cases they’re expected to.

One special case gives hope.

Swedish scientist Per-Ingvar Brånemark place the first implant in 1965 in a man named Gösta Larsson, who enjoyed his replacement tooth for over 40 years until his death.

That was the very first dental implant. These restorations are only getting better with time. Advances in dental imaging and surgical planning ensure that implants are safer and stronger than ever before.

If you get an implant, it will most likely last you your entire life.

Why Do Dental Implants Last So Long?

An implant is a small rod set into the bone beneath your gums. As new bone tissue grows around it, the implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth.

Once the implant attaches to the bone, it isn’t going anywhere. In theory, it could stay with you for life. As long as you take good care of it, that is.

Make Your Dental Implant Last

The way you treat your dental implant, like any natural tooth, affects its longevity.

Keep your implant clean through daily brushing and flossing. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it. Avoid habits such as smoking which can weaken the bone and gums around implants.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your entire smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Sep
20

How Should I Clean My Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

It probably took you a few months to get used to your new dental implant. Dental implants need a little time to heal firmly in place. And then you still have to get used to the feel of having a tooth where there once wasn’t one!

Does your implant require any special care? Read on to find out how you can make sure it serves you well for a lifetime.

Brush the Implant Thoroughly, Along with the Others

Short, gentle, rapid brushstrokes near the gum line are very effective at lifting plaque from teeth – both natural and implants.

Avoid whitening toothpastes. These contain a gritty substance that could scratch the porcelain crown of the implant. Using a soft toothbrush, brush your implant just as you do the teeth that are nearby it.

Don’t Forget the Flossing!

Even though your implant is not a real tooth, it can still host bacteria that can cause cavities in other teeth. Flossing gently around your implant will help keep the gums clear of inflammation and “periodontitis.” Keeping your implant free of food debris protects the rest of your smile, not just your implant.

Other Handy Dental Tools

A powered toothbrush or water flosser are great ideas because they improve access to hard-to-reach areas. Electric brushes are especially helpful tools during times when it seems impossible to make contact with any other tool.

Coming in to the dental office for regular checkups is the best way to make sure that your implant is holding up as it should. With x-rays and careful examination, your dentist will keep track of the strength of your implant. Professional dental cleanings are very important, as well. Book your appointment today!

Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-7371

 

Mar
14

Maintaining The Life And Beauty Of Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Should you lose a tooth, your dentist might recommend a dental implant. This restoration involves a titanium post that’s implanted into your jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root that will support your new, customized tooth. For most people, a dental implant brings back the function and beauty of their original smile, but for some the restoration is unsuccessful.

A failed dental implant is often preventable, by properly caring for your entire smile. Here are a few tips to encourage the life and beauty of your new tooth:

  • Brush your teeth and floss regularly.  Some patients assume that their artificial tooth no longer requires regular cleaning and care. Improper oral hygiene allows plaque and bacteria to flourish, which can eventually cause infection and bone loss. Be sure to brush your teeth (and your dental implants) twice a day and floss regularly.
  • Do You Grind Your Teeth?  If so, the force exerted when grinding may stress your new tooth. It could even cause bone loss that would negatively affect the life of your dental implant.  Speak with your dentist about a mouthguard, to protect your smile.
  • Don’t Smoke!  Smoking is one of the greatest risk factors for dental implant complications. It slows down your body’s healing process, making it difficult for new bone to develop around the artificial root, putting your dental implant at risk..
  • Avoid Hard Foods Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can be damaged when you chew very hard foods such as ice or hard candy. With a little caution, you can confidently enjoy just about any food you like.  

See Your Dentist Regularly – Visiting your dental hygienist twice a year is vital to the health and longevity of your new smile. Call your dentist today and schedule a checkup!

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Jan
27

How to Floss Around Your Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are not real teeth so you don’t need to floss around them, right?  Wrong!  It is still very important to floss around your dental implant as if it were a real tooth.  Why?  The germs in your mouth that cause gum disease around your natural teeth can also cause gum disease around your dental implant.

You need to remove the germs in the plaque biofilm that builds up around your artificial root and natural teeth each day.  This will help to prevent puffy, bleeding gums as well as bone loss around your implant and teeth.

What is the Proper Method for Flossing Around Dental Implants?

  1. Use a dental floss that has a rigid part and a spongy part to each piece of floss.  The rigid part will help guide the floss between your implant and another tooth.  The spongy part will help to remove the germs in the sticky plaque biofilm around your implant.
  2. Once you have pulled the floss through between your implant and another tooth, wrap the spongy part around the implant and under the crown.  Use a side to side motion with the spongy part, almost like you are shining your shoes.
  3. Make slight up and down motions along the implant just into the gum pocket.
  4. Pull the floss all the way through, and repeat step 2 to floss around the other side of the implant.  This way, you will be able to floss around the entire implant.

Are you still unsure if you are flossing your dental implant properly?  Visit your dentist to have your teeth examined and cleaned.  At that time, you will be able to discuss how your gums around your implant looks and if you need to make changes to your technique.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Feb
3

How to Care for Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Like any dental investment, the better you care for it, the longer it will last. The same can be said for dental implants. Although implants can’t get cavities, they can be susceptible to infection around the gum tissue if they aren’t cared for properly.

So, how exactly are you supposed to care for dental implants so that they will last a lifetime?

Treat them exactly like natural teeth!

Brushing your implants is important to keep them clean, but special attention should be paid around the gumlines. This prevents bacterial buildup from developing around the implant or creeping under the gumlines (which would interfere with attachment.) Likewise, flossing daily is just as important since it’s the only way to clean between your implants. If you are wearing a fixed prosthetic like a bridge or denture, you can use threaders to slide the floss underneath them comfortably. If flossing is difficult or uncomfortable for you, you can use a water flosser instead. Cleaning between each day is just as important for your implants as it is for your natural teeth.

Regular maintenance visits with your dentist should be scheduled at least every 6 months. In addition to cleaning the teeth, your dental provider will check attachment levels around your implants, take x-rays to screen for bone loss, and visually inspect the restorations. Early diagnosis is important to keep significant complications from arising, so always make an effort to pursue preventive care rather than wait until something is wrong.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to take care of dental implants. That’s just one of the reasons why they’re an excellent option for replacing your missing teeth! If it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental check-up, it’s time to schedule again!

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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