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2 Habits to Give Up When Getting Implants

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Getting Dental ImplantsDental implants are often marketed as “safe” and “successful”, and in most cases, this is true. Implants have a success rate of up to 98% and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Some dentists now offer implant-retained dentures – that is, dentures supported by implants. Sheen Dental Implants says the added support can prevent bone loss, which conventional dentures can’t do.

While that should sound convincing, what happens to the remaining 2%? This narrow margin of error is enough to keep patients from receiving permanent teeth replacement solutions. Despite advances in material, design and techniques, the potential failure is a huge concern for both patient and dentist.

Other than poor oral hygiene, here are other habits that can cause your implants to fail:

Smoking Tobacco

Smoking has had a permanent bad reputation in the medical community, especially the dental community. Your mouth is at the forefront of the assault, which works two ways: one, the smoke damages the salivary gland and dries up the mouth, increasing your risk for gum disease and infection.

On the other hand, the nicotine and its by-products clamp down the blood vessels in your mouth and restrict blood flow, disturbing your mouth’s defense and healing process. If smoking is a potential danger to everyone, patients who’ve just had implant surgery can’t afford to second-guess this risk.

Teeth Grinding

Bruxism or teeth grinding can be harmful to your implants. Grinding is the front-to-back and side-to-side gnashing of the teeth. It often happens during sleep, where the person involuntarily puts tremendous force on their teeth that they never would when awake.

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This excess force can cause the bone of the implant to melt away. Implant-retained implants can break in half, and porcelain teeth can chip or fracture. Something has to give, whether it is teeth supported by the implants, or the implants themselves. You dentist may recommend a mouth guard to wear during sleep and avoid over-stressing the implants.

Getting implants is committing to a lifetime of good oral hygiene and healthy habits. Your work begins as soon as they’re in place. As in all cases, regular dental visits are the best way to maintain and keep your implants working and healthy.