When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. With the trusted experience of the dentists at South Hills Arts, they have the knowledge and skill to help ensure that your dental implant procedure is successful and increase your chances of having a healthier, brighter smile for life.

How to Make Maintain Your Dental Implants to Make Them Last

In order to understand how to maintain your dental implants, it’s important to understand factors that can cause your implant to fail.

Overloading

This term is used to describe excessive force placed on the implant by a misaligned dental bite or teeth grinding. It is recommended that you visit South Hills Dental Arts twice a year for a routine exam.

During these exams, we will check your bite and make notes of any evidence of excessive clenching or grinding. In most cases, we can provide you with a customized mouth guard to wear at night to protect your dental implant and your natural teeth.

Gum Disease

To ensure the success of your dental implants, it is crucial that you remain committed to maintaining your gum health. Patients who develop advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, put themselves at risk for implant failure. This is because, with advanced gum disease, there is no longer enough healthy bone available to hold the implant securely in place.

To avoid developing advanced gum disease, be sure that you are brushing and flossing your dental implant at least twice a day. We also recommend that you schedule dental cleanings every six months. During these cleanings, we can check your gums and make sure there are no issues developing that could cause your implant to fail.

Professional Dental Implant Services in Pittsburgh

At South Hills Dental Arts, you can rely on the skill and expertise of your dentists to provide you with the restorative dental procedures you need for a healthier smile. Contact us today to learn more!