Your dental implants can last for decades with proper care. But there are certain steps you can take to preserve the health and longevity of your dental implant. Here are some common problems to be aware of:
- Teeth grinding: patients who grind or clench their teeth (also known as Bruxism) put unnecessary strain on their implants, causing them to wear down prematurely. Many patients don’t even realize that they are grinding their teeth, because they do it in their sleep. If you wake up with jaw soreness or tooth pain this may be an indication that you’re suffering from bruxism.
- Chewing Hard Foods: Chewing hard foods like hard candies or ice creates stress on your natural teeth and your dental restorations. If you regularly eat hard candy or ice, you risk chipping or cracking your crowns.
- Using Tobacco Products: Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause your teeth and your restorations to discolor. Dental implants as well as natural enamel can take on a dark, stained appearance from habitual tobacco use.
Dental implants are a practical, long-term tooth replacement option, and with proper care they can keep you smiling for years to come. Before you choose dental implants, take the time to minimize bad dental habits and treat bruxism. Our San Bruno Dental Implants Dentistry Office can help you understand how the treatment process works and whether or not dental implants are the right option for you.