Can Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?
Dental implants have been known to last for decades and can certainly last the rest of your life. However, it’s vital that you continue to practice good oral hygiene and consult with our dental implant dentists in Greater Grand Rapids, MI. From there, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success so you can enjoy your dental implants for as long as possible.
Here’s what you need to know about titanium dental implants and how you can extend their lifespan.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they can last for years. However, dental implant treatment is more likely to last longer when you practice good oral hygiene. This means that you’ll be responsible for brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. We also recommend that you floss once a day to remove any food particles or plaque that could be hiding between teeth.
Schedule Routine Checkups
In general, we recommend that you schedule a routine teeth cleaning and exam at least every six months. This gives us the opportunity to detect any oral health issues before they have the opportunity to worsen.
Likewise, a checkup is your chance to ask us any questions or bring up any concerns. The sooner we’re able to address a potential issue, the less likely it’ll impact the lifespan of your dental implant.
At your teeth cleaning appointment, we’re able to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Not only does this reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease, but it improves your overall health and well-being. It’s a win-win for anypatient!
Treat Bruxism as Soon as Possible
Do you often wake up with jaw pain or notice unexplained chips in your enamel? If so, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night and not even realize it. For this reason, it’s important that you bring up these concerns to your dentist the next time you see them.
Depending on your circumstances, our dentists may recommend that you wear a custom night guard. A night guard is a removable oral appliance that forms a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. That way, you’re not able to make contact the next time you try to grind or clench your teeth in your sleep.
Instead, you’ll bite down on the mouth guard. This preserves the enamel and drastically reduces your risk of chips, cracks, sensitivity and other issues.
Choose an Experienced Dental Implant Dentist
We highly recommend that you choose one of our dental implant dentists at Robinson Dental. Our experienced doctors have the training and knowledge to ensure your dental implant procedure is a resounding success. Not to mention, they’ll walk you through every step of the so you know exactly what to expect.
Book a Dental Implant Consultation
Our dental implant dentists in Greater Grand Rapids are accepting patients at our three convenient West Michigan offices. To schedule an appointment, please call Robinson Dental at 1-888-WE-C-U-NOW. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.