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What Habits Can Lead to Dental Implant Failure?

June 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — darby_team @ 9:01 pm
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Dental implants are a beautiful and effective way to replace missing teeth, and, while they are incredibly strong and durable, they are not invincible. Certain habits can erode the appearance of your dental crowns or make your implants more likely to fail. Here’s a quick overview of a few bad habits that can wreck your new smile along with a few ways to help your implants last for as long as possible.

Cut Back on the Drinking

It takes about six months for your jaw to completely heal after receiving dental implants. During this time, the titanium posts of your implants will fuse with the bone structure of the jaw through the natural process of osseointegration. This is the crucial process that forms a strong foundation for your implants, giving them the stability they need to function like real teeth. Alcohol use can interfere with this process, so it’s best to refrain from alcoholic beverages while you are healing after the procedure.

Kick the Tobacco Habit

Smoking is completely horrible for every aspect of your oral health. In addition to leaving unsightly buildups and stains on natural teeth and dental crowns alike, tobacco has the side effect of causing your blood vessels to constrict. This reduces blood flow to the gums, making it harder for them to heal and fight infections. Tobacco use will make your implants much more likely to fail, so it’s best to refrain from smoking and chewing for a few months before and after receiving them. If you have to quit for that long anyway, why not consider quitting for good?

Don’t Abuse Your Smile

Teeth exist for only three purposes: chewing, speaking, and smiling. Using them for any other reasons counts as abuse and can lead to painful dental injuries such as chips, cracks, and fractures as well as damage to or failure of dental implants. Never use your teeth to open packages or bottles or untie knots. If you need a convenient way to open a bottle, you may wish to invest in a bottle opener keychain. These ingenious devices are cheap, durable, available at many convenience stores and gas stations, and a great way to meet people at social events.

With the proper care, your dental implants can last for more than three decades or even a lifetime. Avoiding these bad habits can help you enjoy a complete and healthy smile for years to come.

About the Practice

Darby Creek Dental delivers the finest oral health services available in Marysville, OH. Led by Drs. David W. Cleveland, Deric R. Budendorf, and Kyle S. Wylde, the staff ensures that each patient receives effective treatments that address their needs. Areas of expertise include general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as dental implant services. To learn more about how to make your dental implants last, contact the office online or dial (937) 644-8822.

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