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5 Top Tips To Help Look After Your Dental Implants

Whether you’ve had your dental implants placed already, or you’re simply reading up on the subject, it’s good to be as informed as possible about the procedure and how to prolong your results. Today, we’ll look at some aftercare advice with general tips that can help care for your tooth implants both now, and well into the future. After all, with the right care and attention, you can expect your new tooth implants to last a lifetime.

Dental implants and how they work

First, let’s cover exactly what these clever false teeth are like, and how they work. They are made of a porcelain crown and a metal root. We surgically insert them into your gums under a minor procedure. Strong, durable and realistic, there are lots of benefits to tooth implants – and patients especially love that they can talk, chew and smile again once more.

Our top 5 tips for dental implant aftercare

Looking after your tooth implants doesn’t have to be difficult. We’ve put together five easy tips that will help you keep on top of your new smile and ensure it lasts.

1. Attend regular check-ups 

You’ll still need to visit the dentist with dental implants. Your dentist is highly trained in recognising important dental concerns, including any potential problems with your dental implants. But, rest assured that tooth implants have an excellent success rate, somewhere in the region of 90%.

2. Practice good oral care

Even false teeth need caring for, which means regular brushing and flossing, and optional mouthwash. Dentists recommend taking two minutes to thoroughly clean your smile, twice a day – usually after breakfast and the evening meal – to keep them bright and healthy.

3. Watch what you eat

Although dental implants can help you eat a normal diet once again – especially if you’ve had several missing teeth replaced – be warned that they aren’t indestructible, and can still be at risk of damage (cracking, breaking, loosening) should you eat risky foods, like crunchy or sticky options. If you’re in any doubt, talk to our dentists for advice.

4. Don’t smoke or vape with dental implants

As dentists, we’d always caution our patients to avoid this habit or quit entirely. Smoking has been linked to gum disease, and the last thing you need is gum problems that could loosen your implants. Or even cause them to come out entirely.

5. Watch your alcohol intake

Some professionals believe that alcohol can cause tooth sensitivity and oral pain, and excessive drinking has also been linked to oral cancers.

Talk to our dental implants experts

Need advice on dental implants? We’re here to help. Talk to our experts near Harley Street today.