While a dental implant procedure is really no big deal, we at Dental Implants of LI are often asked by our Long Island patients, “How can I avoid needing this again in the future?” Well, while some situations leading to dental implants are pretty beyond our control, there are some things that you can do to save yourself from losing more teeth. Of course, if your tooth loss was caused by injury, an illness, or medication, things are left out of your reach as far as control, but the following steps can help you to give yourself the best shot at keeping the rest of your natural teeth:
- Practice good dental hygiene regularly – Whether you’re all natural or have a few implants already, practicing good dental hygiene can be your best weapon against the need for more dental implants in the future. Brushing after each meal, or at least twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash can all help you to keep your natural teeth strong and healthy, which also makes them less likely to travel from your mouth!
- Take good care of your implant – In order to keep the implant you have healthy, sturdy, and where it should be, take good care of it! A dental implant can be chewed with just like a regular tooth, and it should be cared for just like a regular tooth as well. Make sure to brush the area, and to floss the gum around the implant, and you’ll be able to enjoy a long life with your new tooth!
- Don’t allow teeth to stay missing – The best way to avoid further dental implant procedures is to make sure you have the first one. When a tooth is allowed to stay missing, other teeth in the mouth and around the same area will loosen to fill the gap caused by the vacant party, and this can cause your teeth to begin falling out. If you want to give yourself your best chance at 1 dental implant being your only dental implant, make sure you get it right away!
Dental implant procedures aren’t something to necessarily fear, but you do want to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible. By following a few simple steps, you can give yourself your best chance at giving the teeth you were born with, or your existing implants, a better shot!
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