2 Tips to Adjusting to a Single Tooth Dental Implant as a Teenager

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Losing a single tooth during your teenage years can easily happen if you participate in high-impact sports often or suffer a severe accident. Since a new tooth will not grow in to replace the old tooth this can seem frustrating and overwhelming. Fortunately, single tooth dental implants can be used to fill in the gap. The dental implant will look and function just like the remaining natural teeth in your mouth. Getting accustomed to a single tooth dental implant can seem daunting at first. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to help smooth this path.

Avoid Using the Implant to Bite into Hard Foods During the First Few Months

It may be easier to watch what you eat and avoid hard foods completely. However, if you have a sweet tooth for caramel candies or a craving for well-done steaks, then this can be a challenge. Instead, of limiting your food options you should try to avoid using your dental implant to bite into these foods. If your dentist performed a single step implant placement, then your implant would not have had enough time to mold itself into your gums and bone. Using your implant to eat hard foods will weaken the dental device and the foundation that holds the device down. Therefore, it is important to wait a few months before using your implant to bite down on foods that are more difficult to chew.

Always Use an Oral Rinse Along the Base of the Implant

One of the biggest adjustments to wearing a dental implant may be the oral care. The dental device attracts all kinds of bacteria and food at the base of the implant. This can quickly ruin your gum line if you do not follow a good dental care routine. In order to prevent this, it is important to remember to use an oral rinse during cleaning times. A good oral rinse will be able to remove any food that gets stuck between your gums and dental implant as well as bacteria. It is important to make sure that you keep the rinse in your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing. This will ensure that it has enough time to do its job.

Getting your first single tooth implant as a teenager can be exciting and may make you a little nervous. Use these tips to help you transition into wearing a dental implant. For more information, contact a business such as Smile City.


7 February 2017

Mouth Rinses Are Not Just for Bad Breath

I have always brushed and flossed my teeth daily, but I still had the occasional cavity when I visited the dentist for a check-up. He told me it was normal to have a cavity on occasion and that I shouldn't let it stress me out too much. Well, I am not one to just accept any problem I am having, so I started looking into how to improve my oral hygiene even more. I had always thought mouthwash was just to improve your breath, but I found some that said they helped keep cavities away. I started using one every day before bed. I haven't had a cavity in two years now, and I think the mouth rinse is the reason! I created this blog to remind other people that even if they brush and floss regularly, they can always find ways to take even better care of their teeth.