Elmhurst Dental Implant Dentist Explains How To Extend the Life of Dental Implants

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Dec 27, 2011

Our Elmhurst dental implant dentists are committed to creating attractive, functional smiles with dental implants. One of the primary advantages of this treatment option is that dental implants are a long-lasting solution for tooth loss. Many of our patients wonder how to extend the lives of their implants. There are some simple steps that you can take to keep your dental implants strong and attractive for years to come.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are designed to be a permanent, durable solution to tooth loss. The titanium rod of the dental implant is actually surgically implanted into the jawbone. During a healing period of several months the titanium then actually bonds to the natural bone, creating a strong and stable foundation for the dental restoration that is placed on top.

As you can see, dental implants are designed to stay in place for the long term. Unlike dentures and bridgework, dental implants are not removed for cleaning or regular maintenance.

Help Your Implants Last

The first step to keeping your dental implants strong and healthy is to clean and maintain them regularly. Patients should brush and floss dental implants every time they clean their regular teeth.

Along with regular dental hygiene, it’s important to maintain good habits, and avoid damaging dental implants unnecessarily. Patients with dental implants should not chew ice or hard candies, as they can compromise the structure of implants and crowns.

It’s also important for patients who suffer from bruxism—meaning they habitually grind or clench their teeth—to seek treatment before undergoing dental implant therapy. Many patients don’t know that they grind their teeth because they do it in their sleep, so be on the lookout for signs of grinding including jaw soreness and tooth pain.

With proper maintenance dental implants can last for years, far surpassing other tooth loss options. Give our Elmhurst dental implant dentists a call if you’d like more information about the dental implant treatment process, or you’d like to schedule an appointment—(630) 733-1624