Getting dental implants can restore your smile and your confidence, not to mention make it easier to eat dinner. But the first few days or even weeks following the installation of dental implants can be a bit of an adjustment period. If you want to get used to your implants quickly and also get into a regular routine for proper care and maintenance, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Your Normal Oral Care Routine Still Applies, Including Brushing and Flossing
You might have lost some of your natural teeth because you didn't brush or floss often enough. If you want to keep the rest of your natural teeth intact, you'll need to develop better oral care habits. The thing is though, your dental implants require regular care too if you want to protect your investment. Be sure that you are brushing and flossing your implants just as often as the rest of your remaining natural teeth. With regular care, you'll hopefully hold onto the rest of your real teeth and get the most out of your investment thanks to dental implants that last for many years.
Avoid the Hard and Crunchy Stuff As Much As You Can
In general, it's never a good idea to crunch down hard on something extra crunchy as this can damage your tooth enamel or even put you at risk of breaking a natural tooth if it has decayed and weakened over time. Your dental implants can also be a bit fragile if you have a habit of trying to chomp down on hard candy or other things that would be better off letting melt or soften in your mouth first before you begin to chew in earnest. Eliminate the hard candy and crunchy or rigid snack food from your pantry as one of the first orders of business after your dental implant surgery.
Regular Dental Appointments Are Key to Long-Term Maintenance and Can Help You Avoid Needing Even More Implants
For best results when it comes to maintaining your dental implants for the long term, your dentist is the number one source of information and long-term care. If one of your implants starts to show wear and tear or if you experience an issue where soreness in the gum line around the implant returns after the initial adjustment period, get to a dentist immediately. With regular appointments, you can prolong the life of your implants and get the most out of this financial investment that is giving you back your smile and your life.
Talk to your dentist to learn more about dental implants.