How to care for dental implants

Beautiful couple smiling and sitting in the couch Dental implants are a common restoration used by patients to replace one or more teeth in the smile. These restorations do require proper care in order to keep them over a lifetime. Dr. Leslie Sultan is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can evaluate patients for implants, help place them, and educate individuals on how to protect them from further damage and ensure they last several years.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Dr. Leslie Sultan is an oral surgeon pleased to provide many patients with dental implants for tooth replacement. However, after that, his job is not done. He also educates individuals on how to care for their dental implants to ensure their longevity. Below are a few recommendations he may make in terms of protecting your investment:

  • Quit smoking: This is critical for all patients, especially those with dental implants. Smoking can lead to serious complications, including implant failure and bone loss.
  • Keep up with oral hygiene: Be sure to brush and floss regularly, paying special attention to the gum line where plaque tends to build up. It’s also important to see your dentist or hygienist regularly for professional cleanings.
  • Avoid hard foods: Biting into hard candy or crusty bread can damage dental work, including implants. Use caution when eating these specific types of foods, and be sure to cut them into smaller pieces first.
  • Wear a mouthguard: If you are active in sports or grind your teeth at night, you may risk damaging your dental implants. Wearing a mouthguard can help protect them from potential harm.
  • Be careful with your teeth: Just as you would with your natural teeth, avoid using your teeth as tools (e.g., opening bottles) and refrain from chewing on hard objects (e.g., ice).

Schedule an appointment to learn more about taking care of implants

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your dental implants last for many years to come. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the care of your implants, be sure to ask Dr. Leslie Sultan during your follow-up appointment or with your primary dental provider. Patients in and around the Fort Lauderdale, FL area, can educate themselves further on this and other ways to protect their smiles and dental restorations. Call 954-771-8772 to learn more about oral and maxillofacial surgery provided by our team.

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