How to Make Dental Implants Last for Life

Dental issues may be common, but for the most part, preserving your healthy, natural teeth is often as simple as sticking to good hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. As dental issues develop, however, that process can become more complicated, especially if you have a restoration placed on one or more of your teeth. In the case of tooth loss, one of the biggest benefits of replacing it with a dental implant is that implant restoration closely mimics your natural tooth, complete with a root and all. In addition to the benefits this provides your long-term oral health, it also means that you don’t have to make drastic changes to your hygiene routine to effectively care for your dental implant.

Everyday Dental Hygiene Still Matters

Just because you’ve replaced a lost tooth with a lifelike dental implant doesn’t mean that your smile will forever be safe from further complications. Preventing more dental issues from developing and ensuring your implant’s success still requires a consistently good hygiene routine. The good thing about dental implant restorations, which are supported by posts that are inserted into your jawbone (like teeth roots), is that you can effectively care for them just as you do your teeth—by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. This will keep your teeth and implant restoration clean and free of harmful oral bacteria, which form plaque to stick to your teeth and gums.

The Issues that Could Threaten Your Implants

More good news is that your implant restoration will never develop a cavity. Tooth decay targets healthy tooth structure; the porcelain of your new tooth is impervious to it. However, the implant post that rests in your jawbone can still be compromised by the development of gum disease, which also forms from oral bacteria and attacks your gums and jawbone. Other issues that could threaten your implant include bruxism (constant teeth-grinding) and TMJ disorder. Therefore, visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is also vital to making your dental implant last for life.

Learn How to Properly Care for Your Dental Implants

Because they closely mimic their design and structures, dental implants are typically as easy to care for, and as long-lasting, as your healthy and natural teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.