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Habits that Can Damage Dental Implants

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Dental implants are durable and designed to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. However, maintaining strong and healthy implants requires good oral hygiene and care practices. The following habits could damage your implants:

Smoking and Consuming Excessive Alcohol

Smoking prevents blood flow to the gums and bones, raising your risk of implant failure. Drinking too much alcohol can also delay the healing process after dental surgery, affecting the stability of your implant.

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Remember to clean, brush and floss your teeth regularly, attending professional dental hygiene appointments when necessary. Gum disease and decay can weaken the support of your implant and cause long-term complications.

Grinding Your Teeth

Tooth grinding exerts excess pressure on dental implants, increasing the risk of implant damage. If you’re struggling to stop grinding your teeth due to anxiety or a sleep disorder, it’s worth visiting your doctor for assistance.

Ignoring Pain or Discomfort

While you may not notice any visible damage to your implant, pain or discomfort could signal something is wrong. Book an appointment with your dentist if you notice unusual symptoms in or around the affected tooth.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

While you may not notice any visible damage to your implant, pain or discomfort could signal something is wrong. Book an appointment with your dentist if you notice unusual symptoms in or around the affected tooth.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss your symptoms, contact our office for a prompt response.

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