If you have been recommended for dental implants, you may wonder if they will ever have to be replaced. Implants are a permanent restorative solution for patients seeking that perfect smile. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and last upwards of 25 years if they are cared for properly.

At Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, dental implants are one of the most common restorative options done in our dental office in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest. Many patients are leaning towards this permanent option to give them a durable smile that will last for years. Dental implants can last your entire life, and they are one of the most reliable tooth restoration options available to patients.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Implants have a 95% success rate, and we encourage patients to use good oral hygiene habits to keep the implants clean and free of plaque. This helps the implants to last, and prevents infection which can make them unstable in the mouth. Implants moving or needing replacement is rare. If an implant shifts out of place this could indicate the bone tissue is not providing enough support, and you should contact our dental office in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest immediately.

Tips to Ensure your Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

Here are some helpful tips that you can start using to get the most out of your dental implants:

  • Floss daily using an implant specific floss or wax free floss to help keep the area clean and free of plaque. A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to assist in removing plaque around the implants.
  • Use a low abrasive tooth brush such as a soft type brush on your implants.
  • Avoid any products, foods, or drinks containing any ingredients that may stain your teeth.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to help reduce inflammation and prevent infection.
  • Avoid products that contain stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These ingredients can make the implants prone to corrosion.

Contact Our Dentists in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Lake Forest

Caring for your implants at home is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home will ensure your implants last for years and never need to be replaced. Our friendly team is here to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. We are always available to answer questions and help you every step of the way.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest and how they may benefit you, contact Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants to schedule your consultation today!

Oral surgery requires healing time depending on the type of oral surgery and severity of the issue. Some common oral surgeries at Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest, CA consist of tooth removal, repair from injury, jaw surgery, palate repair, biopsies, or dental implants. Any time you have an oral surgery procedure there are precautions patients must take in order to ensure proper healing. We want all of our surgeries to be a success, and once patients return home, we recommend patients follow our at home care instructions to ensure all goes well.

How Many Days Should I Not Smoke After Oral Surgery?

Many patients wonder how soon they can resume normal activity or common habits at home like smoking after oral surgery. Smoking is never recommended, but if the patient is a smoker we recommend they refrain from smoking at least 72 hours or 3 days after their surgery. During the patient’s healing period blood clots need to have time to form, and waiting to smoke ensures the mouth can heal. Smoking can disrupt the healing process, and makes the risk for complications higher. Complications such as dry sockets after tooth removal among other issues can occur if patients smoke.

Toxins from the cigarette can cause inflammation of the gums, additional pain, and swelling. Smoking causes delayed healing of oral tissue, and can lengthen the process all together. If you notice increased pain or swelling around the oral surgery area contact our dental office in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Lake Forest immediately. Any prolonged pain after oral surgery or swelling should always be addressed.

What Can Help Avoid the Urge to Smoke During the Healing Period?

If patients want to avoid complications during the healing period nicotine patches can be used. Our oral surgeon in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Lake Forest recommends to avoid any nicotine gum or chewing tobacco. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin and disrupts the area that is healing.

Distracting yourself with a new habit may help to avoid the urge to smoke during healing. Focus on healing and your oral hygiene routine at home to help keep your mind off the urge to smoke. We recommend rinsing with saltwater a few times a day and brushing gently while the area heals.

Looking for an Oral Surgeon in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Lake Forest?

If you are looking for a quality Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, or Lake Forest oral surgeon or have questions about the healing process and need more information, our friendly staff is here to help.

To inquire more about oral surgery and how you can make the healing process easier, contact us today to schedule your appointment at our oral surgery office in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Lake Forest. Our team would be happy to assist you!

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