How to Make Your Dental Implants Last a Lifetime
Dental implants are an investment in your health that is meant to last a lifetime. Although the team at Fast New Smile® is proud to stand behind the fact that our titanium and zirconia implants are built for life, there is always the need for action on our patient’s end.
We will gladly provide essential post-operative information about initial dental implant safety measures, but beyond the recovery period, the lifetime guarantee is in your hands.
Here are some steps that you can take to maximize the odds of your dental implants lasting for life!
Stop Grinding Your Teeth!
People who grind their teeth at night can cause substantial damage to their existing natural teeth. While this is problematic enough, teeth grinding can actually damage your dental implants.
The sad thing about implant failure because of this habit is that without taking precautions, teeth grinding is just something that your body naturally does in its sleep.
The average implant crown can last between 10 and 15 years before a replacement may be needed. So, if you know that you grind your teeth at night, take the steps to maximize the shelf-life of your implant crown and protect your investment with a mouth guard to wear at night.
Put Down Those Cigarettes
Although your dental implants are durable, regular smoking is a sure way to start down the path of dental implant failure. In order for your implants to remain in place for a lifetime, they need healthy gums to serve as a solid foundation.
Smoking and chewing tobacco aren’t just habits that damage your lungs, but over time, they also degrade the quality of your gums and can lead to gum disease that can cause implant failure.
Our advice is if you know that you plan on getting dental implants, make sure that you are committed to your oral health. Ditch the tobacco and ensure that your mouth is a healthy place for your dental implants to thrive.
Keep Up with Your Health
Gum disease isn’t the only complication that can ruin your dental implants. Other issues like osteoporosis and diabetes can also have an impact on gum strength and the success rate of your dental implant surgery.
Before you even apply for dental implants, it’s always best to let your regular physicians know that you are planning this surgery. They will be able to help you get your overall health on track and improve your odds of being a successful dental implant patient.
Even after you’ve received your all-on-4 implants, you should still keep up with your overall health so that your chronic illnesses don’t interfere with your ability to maintain a FastNewSmile®.
Remember, Your Implants Aren’t Indestructible
During the first 6 to 8 months of healing, your dental implants are still gaining their bearings in your mouth. They may be strong, but they are far from indestructible. Chewing on hard foods too soon can lead to pain and implant failure. Make sure that you adhere to the soft food diet that your dental implant specialist prescribes during your recovery process.
Soon enough, you’ll be able to get back to enjoying apples, chips, and hard-crusted bread with confidence. Just remember that your healing process will take time.
FastNewSmile® Helps Keep Your Dental Implant in Place for Life!
If you’re eager to achieve the smile that you know you deserve, let the dental implant specialists at FastNewSmile help. Not only will we give you the smile you want, but we will also give you as much help as necessary to ensure that your smile stays pristine.
Our Dallas and Fort Worth dental implant centers are always accepting new patients and quickly enhancing their lives through our teeth-in-a-day procedures.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team!