Dental Implants are often referred to as permanent, lifelong or a “forever” solution for missing teeth. But how long are implants good for really? If you are questioning what “forever” means, you are certainly not alone. While it is possible for implants to remain in good condition for life, it is not always guaranteed. Certain factors and habits can put you at risk of problems with your implants.
Here’s what you need to know about dental implants longevity and what you can do to up your chances of having problem-free implants for life.
The Life Of Dental Implants
Yes, there is such a thing as a dental implant lifespan. After all, it is a restoration that fuses to your body (the jawbone) so that it can act as a natural tooth root would – only it is made of much more durable titanium. Naturally, the state of the implant may change and develop as you and your health does throughout your life.
5 Things You Can Do To Increase Longevity of Dental Implants
Once you have had dental implants surgery, here are some measures you can take to prevent complications from arising and ensure your dental implants last as long as possible.
1. Be Gentle To Yourself Post-Surgery
The healing process after getting implant surgery is a long one. It can be tedious having to remember to take it easy but getting through this period without issues or complications is a great sign that your implants will continue to last for many years to come.
So, during this time, keep the affected area as clean as possible with gentle mouth rinses, gently brushing and flossing your teeth, avoid consuming anything hard or sticky and avoid habits such as smoking.Be sure to follow any instructions or advice from your dentist to help you through recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the dentist immediately.
Regular Dental Appointments
Do not skip your regular 6-month check-ups. Even if you feel well and haven’t noticed any visible issues with your teeth, implants, restorations or oral health.
During a routine dental examination, the dentist looks out for early signs of damage or potential problems with your implants and overall dental health. They can identify issues that may not be visible to the naked or untrained eye.
It is always in your best interest to keep up with your appointments.
3. Good Oral Hygiene
It goes without saying that good oral hygiene is important. To protect your mouth, gums and implants always stick to brushing and flossing every day and seeing your dentist for check-ups every six months.
4. Flag Potential Problems With Your Dentist ASAP
If you feel a bit sore in the area of your implants, have any issues with your bite or opening and closing your mouth or notice anything out of the ordinary with your dental health, do not hesitate to mention it to your dentist.
By flagging potential issues early you can prevent them from becoming severe or causing long-term damage.
If you experience any of the following, you need to see an emergency dentist right away for urgent care:
- Severe toothache
- Severe swelling
- Severe discomfort
- Broken or knocked out crown or dental restoration
- Bleeding or signs of infection
It may or may not involve issues with your dental implants but the only way to know for sure is by seeing a dental professional.
5. Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
It may or may not be the most obvious advice as it is not directly related to dental health but it’s extremely important that you prioritise your health. This means getting regular physical activity, nutritious eating and drinking, limiting unhealthy habits, maintaining health check-ups and anything else you do to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing.
A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent dental problems and diseases including conditions that may affect your dental implants.
Learn More: Dental Implants Dentist in Ivanhoe
To learn more about dental implants longevity or to book a dental implants consultation, contact our friendly team at Dentists of Ivanhoe today.