Glendale Dental Implant Dentist Discusses How to Extend the Life Span of Dental Implants

Written by Dr. McKay on Dec 27, 2011

Dental implants are an innovative tooth replacement solution that can help you regain your smile, dental health, and confidence. These restorations actually look and feel like natural teeth—a small titanium rod is inserted into the jaw bone, simulating the natural tooth root. During a healing period following implantation, the titanium screw actually bonds with the natural bond—providing a secure and permanent foundation for the dental restoration which is then placed on top.


Many patients choose to use dental implants because they are attractive, natural feeling, and long lasting. In order to maximize the life of your implant, however, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Like your natural teeth and other dental restorations, dental implants can be damaged or wear down prematurely if patients do not take adequate care to preserve them. Here are some recommendations from our Glendale dental implant dentists:


Don’t chomp on hard candies or ice: If you habitually chew hard foods or ice, you may be compromising the integrity of your dental restorations and dental implants. Try not to chew ice or hard candies, especially in the area of your mouth with dental implants.


Watch out for dental grinding and clenching: Many patients grind or clench their teeth without even realizing it. As you sleep you may be grinding your teeth together, putting unnecessary pressure on your teeth and you restorations. Talk to your dentist is you notice dental or jaw soreness when you wake in the morning. Additionally, many patients learn that they grind their teeth from their bed partners who may be able to hear you grinding your teeth as you sleep.


If you’re considering dental implants, your dentist can help you understand how to stop these harmful habits before they hurt your dental implants. Our Glendale dental implant dentists are always here to help, give us a call to ask questions or schedule an appoint (818) 334-2974.