Dental implants are a common treatment option among adults when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer a more natural-like replacement, are more durable than other treatment options, and can typically last up to 20 years. Implants can last a lifetime, but it’s important for the patient to maintain the implant on their end.
What Should I do to Maintain the Implant?
Obviously, the easiest way to maintain dental implants is by regularly brushing and flossing. But is there more that can be done? The best strategies to keeping your new dental implants maintained are:
- Clean at least twice a day using either a soft-bristle or soft nylon brush
- Use a low-abrasive toothpaste
- Brush under and around the implants
- Floss daily using implant specific floss
- Immediately following and after placement, eat soft foods
- Schedule regular check-ups
- Consult your dentist!
You should consult your dentist regarding all of the options, as they might have some products to help, or they can recommend which brand to use. They will also be able to let you know what foods and drinks you can have immediately following the placement of the implants.
What Should I Avoid doing after I got the Implant?
Knowing what to avoid after getting your new dental implants is an important factor in making sure your new implants last a lifetime. Here is a brief list of different foods, drinks, and activities to avoid after getting your implants:
- Avoid abrasive products (can cause extreme discomfort)
- Avoid sticky/hard foods
- Avoid smoking and alcohol (both can be detrimental to recovery)
- Avoid strongly colored beverages (can stain the implant)
- Consult your dentist!
You should consult your dentist regarding what foods and activities to avoid. They will be able to provide a more complete list of what foods and drinks to avoid both immediately following the implant and for the long term. If you feel any pain or discomfort after the implants have been placed, contact your dentist! It could lead to a serious health risk if left unchecked!
Dental implants can last up to 20 years, and some up to a full lifetime! Proper oral hygiene combined with regular check-ups and the steps mentioned above can help the implants last longer which both save you time and money. Speak with your doctor to see if dental implants are right for you.