St. Paul Implants Dentist Discusses Proper Care for Dental Implants

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Jul 3, 2012

Dental implants are easy to care for and function as a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Unlike dentures and some bridges, dental implants it is not necessary to remove them to maintain proper oral hygiene. Patients with dental implants provided by St. Paul Dental Implants Office are able to care for them with regular brushing and flossing in the same way they would care for their natural teeth,

With proper care your dental implants can last for decades. However there are certain steps you should take to preserve the longevity of your dental implant. Remember that, despite the inherent strength of the implant itself, care should be taken to protect the exposed dental restoration.

Here are some things to be aware of if you have dental implants:

Teeth grinding

Grinding or clenching of teeth (also known as Bruxism) puts unnecessary strain on dental implants, causing the restoration to wear down prematurely. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep and may not even be aware that they’re doing it. If you wake up with soreness in your jaw or tooth pain, it may be an indication that you’re suffering from bruxism.

Chewing Hard Foods

Chewing hard foods like hard candies or ice creates stress on your natural teeth and your dental restorations. If you do regularly eat hard candies or chew on ice, you risk chipping or cracking your crowns.

Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco will cause your natural teeth and your restorations to discolor over time. Dental implants as well as natural enamel can take on a dark, stained appearance from habitual tobacco use.

Dental implants are a practical, long-term tooth replacement option, and with proper care they will serve you well for many years to come. Before you choose dental implants, take the time to minimize bad dental habits and treat bruxism. Our Saint Paul, Minneapolis Dental Implants Office can help you understand how the treatment process works and whether or not dental implants are the right option for you.