Dental implants are a life-saver for people suffering from missing or damaged teeth. Chewing, eating, and smiling without difficulty become possible again. However, if you want your implants to last a lifetime, it’s crucial to develop good oral and lifestyle habits.
If you don’t know where to start, it’s best to consult your dentist on what to do after a dental implant surgery. For the time being, here are some tips on how you can extend the lifespan of your dental implants:
Reduce Alcohol Consumption
After your surgery, it will take an average of six months for your jaw to heal completely. During this period, osseointegration, the process where your jaw bone fuses with the dental implants, takes place. It is recommended to refrain from drinking alcohol during this time as it can affect the healing process, and potentially lead to implant failure.
Once the surgical site has fully healed, you can resume drinking alcohol but in moderation. Keep in mind that excess consumption can cause dry mouth that may result in gum disease and implant failure.
Avoid Cigarette and Tobacco Use
Whether through smoking or chewing, tobacco use can stain your natural and artificial teeth. Understandably, quitting can take time especially for long-time smokers. Don’t rush the process, and take it one day at a time. Try to build habits that can distract you from your cravings—for instance using over-the-counter nicotine patches or engaging in physical activities.
Stick to a Soft Food Diet
Sticky foods can displace dental implants. With that in mind, try sticking to a soft food diet especially during the recovery period. Some foods you can enjoy include scrambled eggs, yogurt, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.
Ensure Regular Brushing and Flossing
Dental implants should receive the same level of care as natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least two times a day. This can avoid plaque buildup which results in bad breath and gum disease.
Wear a Mouthguard When Needed
Wearing a mouthguard adds an extra layer of protection to your dental implants. This is especially true if you are prone to teeth grinding at night. The same goes when your playing contact sports, wearing a mouthguard can prevent your implants from getting displaced or damaged.
Say Goodbye to Missing or Damaged Teeth!
At Exceptional Dental of LA, we customize treatment plans based on our patient’s specific needs. Schedule an appointment now to see if you qualify for dental implants. From the initial assessment to the surgery date, we’ll ensure that you are in good hands. We’ll also guide and orient you on what to do after the dental implant surgery. Reach out to us today to get started!