Dental implants can potentially last a lifetime when they are maintained with good oral hygiene at home and regular maintenance with your dental health care provider. Continuing your daily routine of brushing and flossing is paramount along with sensible lifestyle choices to maintain overall optimal health.
The longevity of your dental implant will depend on a number of factors, ranging from your lifestyle choices to your long-term commitment to oral hygiene.
- Immediate aftercare post-surgery: Immediately following implant surgery we recommend you avoid eating any hard foods that could damage your implant during the healing period. A soft food diet is recommended for 7 days and particular care should be taken for up to 12 weeks after surgery.
- Maintaining a healthy mouth: Just like your natural teeth, the long-term health of your dental implants will depend on how well you look after them. The great thing about implants is you can care for them as you do for the rest of your teeth – with regular flossing and brushing. Your dentist will provide you with ongoing advice and implant maintenance tips during and after your surgery to help you better care for your dental implants.
- Lifestyle choices: The durability of your implants will not only depend on the maintenance of your teeth, but also on your lifestyle choices as a whole. One of the main factors that can trigger problems with your dental implants (and overall oral hygiene) is smoking. This is something your dentist may take into consideration when assessing your eligibility for implants at your initial consult.
- Maintaining optimal systemic health: The oral cavity is not mutually exclusive from the rest of your body. It is incorrect to think that if systemic health and general well-being is compromised that your oral health and dental implants are not affected. Your body works as a complete and whole system and you should care for your number one asset accordingly. If you want to maximise the health of your dental implant, make sure you stay healthy and look after yourself.
- Regular visits to the dentist: Whilst much of the dental implant maintenance will be carried out by yourself at home, the longevity of your dental implants can be optimized with regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist. This should already be part of your oral health maintenance routine. Six monthly visits are highly recommended to assist with maintaining great oral hygiene and implant checks.
So, when it comes to dental implants start with the selection of the right dentist for you. Practising good oral and dental hygiene and looking after your dental implants like your natural teeth you will get the maximum longevity of your implant, which could potentially mean a lifetime.