Dental implants are designed and made with some of the strongest and best materials available. These materials are compatible with human tissue and are designed to withstand the heavy forces of chewing and biting down.
It is rare for an implant to fracture or break. However, it is possible if there is great enough force to the jaw. Once you get dental implants, it’s not wise for you to go out and bite down on hard foods like nuts. To much force on the bone around the implant can cause it to deteriorate. If the implants are relatively new, then you really need to be careful.
Oral Hygiene and Dental Implants
Implants can last a long time, but you need to make sure keep up a good oral hygiene program at home. If you don’t, you can develop systemic an mechanical issues.
One of the biggest threats to your new implants is bacteria. This is the exact same bacteria that caused the tooth loss in the first place. Gum disease can really sneak up on you even if you are an avid brusher. That means no only do you need to do your best in taking care of your implants at home, but you need to keep regular cleaning and exam appointments with our office so we can make sure that what caused you to lose you teeth doesn’t cause you to lose more.
You really need to pay attention to this if you have a high acidity in your mouth or you are a mouth breather when you sleep. Both of these issues can cause and accelerate gum disease.
Just like with your natural teeth, infection can build up around and implanted tooth. This infection if left untreated can cause the bone to deteriorate and weaken the implant area.
One Big Fallacy
One of the biggest fallacies about dental implants is that once you get them, you also get rid of gum disease. This is simply not the case. Gum disease can occur around the implant just like your natural tooth so it must be kept really clean.
Medical Conditions That Can Affect Dental Implants
There are a few medical conditions that can affect your dental implants that you need to consider. Osteoporosis, collagen diseases, uncontrolled diabetes, use of tobacco, excessive use of alcohol or drugs can result in early loss of your new teeth.
Certain habits like grinding your teeth, clenching, biting on things like pencils or pens can have an affect on your dental implants.
These are some of the things you need to consider when getting dental implants. Taking care of them will help them last a very long time and give you a healthy mouth and smile.