Conventional partial dentures and dentures can be difficult to wear, making chewing difficult. The discovery of implant technology and the birth of implant dentistry has revolutionized the way missing teeth and loose dentures have been treated. Dental implants improve quality of life by improving the way we chew and smile. Patients who wear dentures are able to get their teeth back with dental implants.
Dental implant success rates have steadily improved, upwards of nearly 96 percent. Standard dental implants as well as mini dental implants have been helping patients achieve their dental goals for years and have proven to stand the test of time.
Most dental implants are successful, and there are a few steps you can take to help ensure success and make your implant last.
- Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.
- Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.
- Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way.
- Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.