For patients who receive them, dental implants boast an impressively high success rate. However, that success depends on more than just the quality of your treatment. It also relies heavily on how well you care for your dental implant restoration and oral health afterward. Without proper care and maintenance, your custom, implant-supported restoration may experience complications that you could otherwise prevent, which makes it even more important to your long-term oral health.

Less-than-consistent dental hygiene

Your dental hygiene routine is always an important aspect in your overall oral health. When you experience tooth loss, part of the reason may be the results of inconsistent dental hygiene and preventive care. To ensure that your smile restoration succeeds after you address the problem, be sure to keep your teeth and restoration consistently clean and healthy by brushing and flossing them carefully every day. It’s also important to stick to a schedule of preventive dental checkups and appointments, during which your dentist can carefully inspect your implant restoration to ensure its continued success.

Habits like grinding your teeth

Consistently good hygiene and preventive care go a long way in helping ensure that your dental implant restoration succeeds long-term. However, even with consistent care, you may develop habits like grinding your teeth, chewing on ice or other objects, and more that could threaten your natural tooth structure as well as your implant restoration. In fact, the habit of teeth-grinding is often a sign of bruxism, which is a more consistent problem than you might realize. It can lead to extensive damage and wear on your teeth and compromise the quality of your implant restoration unless you get help from your dentist to stop.

Ignoring existing oral health concerns

When certain oral health concerns develop, like tooth decay, they may not seem like they can impact your dental implant restoration. However, every aspect of your oral health is connected, and ignoring any concern can increase your risks of other problems that could threaten your dental implants and your remaining healthy, natural teeth. If your dentist spots signs of trouble during your routine checkup and cleaning appointments, be sure to follow your dentist’s recommendations to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Learn how to care for your dental implants

Caring for your dental implants is the best way to ensure they remain a healthy and functional part of your smile. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.