Did you know that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 percent after a 10-year period? This has become the most notable talking point for dentists excited about the capabilities of dental implants in Carrollton. However, it’s only fair to also admit that while success rates are very high and they have been for a while, it doesn’t mean you can forgo at-home care or dental visits.
To ensure that your dental implant placement is totally successful, keep these five tips in mind.
Do Not Smoke or Use Tobacco Products
Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, shisha used for hookah use and essentially all other tobacco products must be avoided before, during and after implant placement. Not only is tobacco proven to increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer, but it largely interferes with the healing process necessary after receiving dental implants. In many recorded cases, it’s been shown that the use of tobacco products is what caused implant failure, an expensive and time-consuming process that you do not want to experience.
Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments
Once your implants are placed, you cannot assume that they’ll heal properly without having the implant dentist monitor your progression. That’s why routine follow-up appointments after the first, third and sixth month after placement are necessary. After completing each follow-up appointment, your failure risk percentage drops each time as the dentist examines the healing and integration stages of your implant.
Follow All Instructions the Dentist Gives You
During the healing period, you’ll need to commit to all after care instructions the dentist gives you on top of your oral care routine. Luckily, these instructions are pretty simple and usually entail keeping to a diet of soft foods for the first month after placement.
You’ll also need to avoid spitting or vigorously rinsing your mouth out to prevent accidentally disturbing the healing site. Make sure to take all antibiotics and other medications as prescribed and avoid any rigorous activities. With this in mind, aftercare will be simple and straightforward.
Commit to Routine Exams and Cleanings
Once the implant has fully healed, which typically takes three to six months depending on its location, you can go back to scheduling routine dental visits once every six months. During these appointments, you’ll have routine X-rays performed to ensure the implant is properly adhered to your natural bone and that your surrounding gum tissue stays healthy.
Keep a Strict Oral Care Routine
While the implant-retained crown cannot develop cavities, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t skip out on brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily. Plaque can still develop on the gum tissue surrounding the implant, increasing the risk of failure. Food can still get caught underneath the implant, allowing bacteria to grow and cause gum disease.
Follow these five simple tips and you can be confident that your implant will last for decades. Schedule an appointment today to see if implants are right for you!
About the Author
Dr. Marc Dandois earned his DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Since then, he’s taken numerous continuing education courses to provide sedation techniques and implant placement/restoration entirely in-office. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.