While all of you may not have a dental implant right now, many of you have asked me about them and if caring for them is difficult and time-consuming. I thought I would try to answer that question in this month’s email.

Dental implants are strong, durable, natural-looking, and long-lasting. However, you may have questions as to how long-lasting or permanent implants really are. The answer is, it depends a great deal on you.

Factors Affecting Implant Longevity

An implant is an investment in your oral health, but it is also an investment in time and money, and you want to protect all three. Quality treatment provides the best foundation for long-term success, and that’s where our experience and training come in. Done correctly, implants have a 95% success rate. In addition to having our qualified team do the implant, there are other steps you can take to make sure your implant lasts.

  • Don’t Smoke — Besides the overall benefits not smoking has on your health, smoking will slow down the healing of the bone in the implant area and will increase your chances for periodontal disease, which will also weaken the implant.
  • Avoid Grinding Your Teeth — This is something that can harm oral health whether you have implants or not, but especially so if you do. Grinding can place unnecessary stress on an implant, causing cement to weaken and the implant to fail.
  • Don’t Chew Ice or Hard Candies — This is another good practice whether you have an implant or not. It can damage natural teeth and break the crown of an implant. You’ve put too much into having your beautiful smile to have it ruined by doing something that is so easily avoided.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene — Fortunately, implants don’t require removal or special tools to keep them clean. Treat them as you would your regular teeth — brush and floss daily and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Maintain Regular Dental Office Visits — Regular cleanings and exams can keep all your teeth beautiful and healthy and let us catch small issues before they become major problems.

Treated properly, it’s possible that an implant could last a lifetime. If you are looking for a dentist you can trust with implants or your other dental health concerns, contact Sehnert Precision Dentistry — the highest-rated dental team in the Lewisville, Texas, area — today for a consultation or appointment.

Best Regards,
Dr. Sehnert