Dental implants are made to last a long time, just like natural teeth. They don’t wear out or have an expiration date, but it’s important to take good care of your implants if you want them to last. In fact, you should care for your implants just like you care for your real teeth. Plaque can build up on implants, just like it builds up on natural teeth. You should brush thoroughly every day to prevent buildup.
If plaque accumulates in the microscopic spaces between the implant post and your gums, you could develop periodontal disease. This could cause the implant to lose stability. Advanced gum disease can also weaken the bone that the implant is attached to, resulting in further instability.
Just like real teeth, these issues can be prevented with diligent oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your dentist. You should also be wary of excess stress to your implants. If you grind your teeth at night or experience a mouth injury, the bond between the bone and the implant can be damaged or destroyed.
As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, proper oral health extends beyond daily hygiene. A healthy diet and lifestyle can have a huge impact on both your natural teeth and your implants. Smoking, drug use, and even certain health problems can increase the chances of gum disease and tooth loss.
Dr. Fitzgerald will provide you with the best opportunity for long term success with your implants. He’ll make sure that your implant is placed properly in healthy bone, and he’ll check your medical history to help make sure that there are no underlying issues that could cause problems in the future. If you’d like to know more about implants and how they’ll help give you the smile that you deserve, please call us at 972-612-7800 to schedule a free consultation.