Dental implants have become a preferred tooth replacement option for both dentists and patients alike. They have all sorts of benefits that you can’t get anywhere else and most of all, they will give you your smile back! However, if you want them to last upwards of 25 years or even the rest of your life, you will need to care for them properly. This means avoid bad habits that could cause harm to your dental implants in Lexington. Here are a few things to stay clear of.
Biting nails as a result of nerves is quite common and very difficult to break. However, it can do quite a bit of harm. In addition to bringing harmful bacteria into your body, it can also have negative effects on your dental health. You could end up chipping a tooth or even damaging one of your dental implants. When you have your jaw in a protruding position for a long period of time, you are putting quite a bit of pressure on it. You could even end up damaging your gum tissue. To stop this habit, take steps to reduce stress, use a bitter tasting nail polish, or invest in a manicure.
You need to brush your teeth on a regular basis in order to keep them healthy. But if you are brushing too hard, you could damage your smile by harming the gum tissue and protective enamel on your natural teeth. You could even end up with gum recession. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush and apply appropriate pressure. You need healthy gums in order to support healthy implants.
Grinding and Clenching
Many people don’t even realize they have this issue because it typically happens during sleep. This can both chip and crack your teeth as well as cause muscle tenderness and joint pain. If you think you have this habit, talk to your dentist in Lexington. They may supply you with a nightguard to wear while you sleep. During the day, you can reduce this with awareness and relaxation techniques.
Ice is a crystal, and so is your tooth enamel. When two crystals are pushed against each other with enough force, one is bound to break. Usually it’s the ice, but sometimes it’s your tooth. Try drinking your beverages with a straw or not including ice so that you aren’t as tempted.
Using Your Teeth as Tools
Don’t use your teeth to hold things, crack open bottles, or rip through stubborn packaging. You could easily end up with a chipped or broken tooth and even jaw injuries. Your teeth are meant to chew and smile with – not other functions! You should use the proper tool or ask someone else for help.
As much as you love sugary candy and potato chips, having too much throughout the day can leave you at risk for cavities in the teeth surrounding your implants. Instead, have a few balanced meals throughout the day so that you feel full for a longer period of time. This will help reduce the urge to have snacks throughout your day.
To make your implants last as long as possible, remember to eliminate these habits from your life. This way, you will be able to reap the benefits of your implants for as long as possible!
About the Author
Dr. Anthony Feck is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over 35 years. He has an extensive background in dental implantology and has taught over 60 courses on the subject at his teaching center. He completed training in implant dentistry at the Misch Implant Institute in Detroit as well as the Midwest Implant Institute in Columbus, for more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (859) 223-4644.