Durability is one of the many advantages of dental implants. As a permanent solution for missing teeth, they are designed to replicate your natural teeth and if well-maintained, can last a lifetime. Much like your natural teeth, there are things you can do to improve the longevity of your dental implants in The Woodlands, TX, as well as habits that will shorten it.

How to Lengthen the Life of Your Dental Implants

  • ·         Brush at least twice a day. Ideally, brush after every meal and at bedtime.
  • ·         Floss at least once per day. The same bacteria that damaged your gums and resulted in missing teeth can place your dental implants at risk.
  • ·         Schedule regular exams and dental cleanings with your periodontist. Your doctor must monitor your oral health and the condition of your dental implants.
  • ·         Do not use your teeth as tools to open bottles or wrappers and avoid chewing on pens. Your dental implant restorations are essentially dental crowns. While they are extremely durable, it is possible to crack them on a hard object.

How to Know When Your Dental Implants Are Failing

Complications with dental implants are not common but can happen. It is important to know the signs of a failing implant and contact your periodontist immediately if they appear. Symptoms include:

  • ·         Red, swollen gum tissue surrounding your dental implants
  • ·         Bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • ·         Numbness or tingling in the periodontal tissue surrounding your implants
  • ·         Pus or bleeding around your dental implants, could signify peri-implantitis
  • ·         Problems with your sinuses, if implants were placed in the upper arch to restore missing teeth
  • ·         Dental implants that seem loose, typically caused by infection

If you have missing teeth and are considering implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gayle Bradshaw today. Dr. Bradshaw can help you to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants in The Woodlands, TX. Call our office today.