Illustration of a dental implant replacing a missing tooth in a lower jaw

Make These Lifestyle Changes Before Dental Implants

June 30, 2023 8:18 pm

Are you interested in getting dental implants to restore your smile? For patients who are missing one or more of their teeth, dental implants are a desirable alternative to dentures or bridges because implants are securely anchored into the jawbone. Plus, they blend in beautifully with your natural smile. If you’re considering dental implants, you should make these healthy lifestyle changes:

Quit Tobacco

It’s common knowledge that tobacco isn’t good for your overall health so it should come as no surprise that it’s not good for your oral health either. If you smoke, it increases the risk of infection and your dental implant failing. By failing we mean that the implant won’t properly fuse to your jawbone.

Establish Good Oral Hygiene

Healthy gums are critical for successful dental implant treatment. That’s because the implant is placed directly into the gums just like how your other teeth are situated. Diseased gums increase your risk of bone deterioration, which will compromise the integrity of your implant. Develop a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, brushing your tongue, and flossing every day. If you currently have gum disease, you’ll likely need regular deep cleanings to get it under control.

Consult with Our Team!

Along with healthy gums, it’s important for you to have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaw. This is because there needs to be enough bone tissue for the implant to fuse onto. This is something your dentist will check before you begin the procedure. If you don’t have enough bone to support an implant then it’s possible you could get a bone graft.

Contact Cactus Point Dental in Chandler, AZ, to schedule a dental implants consultation. Our team can answer any questions you have about dental implants and evaluate whether your oral health is in the right place for the treatment.

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