If you’ve made the choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in San Diego, you’ve made a wide decision for your smile. As the most predictable solution to treat tooth loss, they have over a 95% success rate. They are proven to last for decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Although dental implant failure is rare, there are certain factors that can damage your new smile. Here are 6 bad habits you need to break to protect your investment.
1. Biting Your Nails
If you have a nervous habit of biting your nails, you’re putting your new smile at risk of failure. The impact from your nail can damage your natural teeth and your restorations. It can also cause you to tear your gum tissue and increase the likeliness for infection. Many patients find a mouthguard, stress reducing exercises, or a bitter tasting nail polish helpful to break the habit.
2. Brushing Too Hard
The long-term success of dental implants relies on keeping your mouth clean; however, be sure you’re not brushing your teeth too aggressively. It can cause gum recession that can expose your posts. If you struggle to use the right amount of pressure, consider switching to an electric toothbrush that has a sensor to alert you when you’re pushing too hard.
3. Grinding and Clenching Your Teeth
The pressure from grinding or clenching your teeth can chip your enamel and loosen your dental implants. You can treat bruxism with a nightguard, which provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth.
4. Chewing on Ice
Chewing on ice or any overly hard foods is damaging to your smile because it can cause your natural teeth and your restorations to break. If you can’t avoid the temptation, drink through a straw, or avoid putting ice in your beverage.
5. Unhealthy Snacking
Sweet treats might taste great, but the sugars they contain create an acidic plaque in your mouth. Not only can this increase your risk of decay but also dental implant failure because it raises the levels of bad bacteria in your mouth. It’s best to choose healthy snacks, but it’s OK to give in to your sweet tooth occasionally. However, brush your teeth well afterward.
Smoking significantly increases your risk of dental implant failure because it limits your body’s ability to heal and fight infections. It’s best to kick the habit to preserve your complete smile.
Ensure Your New Smile Thrives
You’ve spent the time and money replacing your missing teeth using a solution that can last for a lifetime. Don’t let simple bad habits leave a lasting mark on your smile.
About Dr. Peter F. Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a board-certified prosthodontist who specializes in complex oral health issues. He has earned Diplomate status of the American Board of Prosthodontics due to his extensive qualifications. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, he can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.