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Fremont, CA
A 36-year-old male asked:

Please share some do's and don'ts when it comes to dental implants.

109 doctor answers138 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
DOn't: Don't have a dental implant put in until the dentist who will build the teeth or crowns says its ok.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
Saving: Saving a tooth by getting a root canal prevent an implant!
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Don't: Don't ever smoke or use an type of tobacco.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Make: Make sure your surgeon and restorative dentist work as a team for best results.
Dr. James Plaivech
Dentistry 34 years experience
Taking: Taking good and proper care of your natural teeth. They are better than subsitute (implants).
Dr. James Plaivech
Dentistry 34 years experience
Brush: Brush and floss just like your natural teeth. This may be your last set.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
Good: Good oral hygiene is important with implants too!
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dental: Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
Frequent: Frequent check ups and good oral hygiene . Find a dentist who is proactive and preventative.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry 52 years experience
I: I would suggest a good supplement program to build up the immune system when having implants.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry 52 years experience
Best: Best to keep your immune system strong.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Oral: Oral hygiene is mandatory. Both "at home" & "professional" care will help to maintain health.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Don't: Don't use your dental work as tools. There are nutcrackers, ice crushers and tweezers for such!
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 12 years experience
Agree 100%
Nov 14, 2014
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dr. Kevin Nail commented
Dentistry 12 years experience
agreed
Nov 14, 2014
Dr. Bruce Elkind
Dentistry 40 years experience
Definitely!
Apr 3, 2015
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Be: Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Regular: Regular check ups. Brush floss effectively. Protect your teeth during sports activity. Restore as needed.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Do: Do follow all post-op instructions. Don't chew on your new implant until instructed to do so.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Care: Care for your teeth. See your dentist regularly. Only floss the ones you want to keep.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
When: When having your implants cleaned by the hygienist make sure they are using special scalers.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
As: As tooth is removed, have your oral surgeon perform a ridge preservation graft for implant later.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Having: Having a dental implant placed hurts? False. It is easier than having a tooth removed.
Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 42 years experience
I: I recommend almost all my patients with dental implants to wear a night guard appliance.
Dr. James Cullington
Plastic Surgery 28 years experience
Dental: Dental implants may be the best long time solution for tooth replacement if you can afford them.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
Clean thoroughly: Just because implants can't decay doesn't mean you shouldn't clean thoroughly. The gums can still become infected.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Good: Good home care and seeing your dentist regularly.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Do: Do keep your implants clean. Don't let price be your only guide. Choose the best dentist possible.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Keep: Keep them clean and remove plaque. See your dentist as directed.
Dr. Amber Patel
Dentistry 14 years experience
Flossing: Flossing is a life-changing habit that may prevent tooth loss. Do it daily.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Brush: Brush thoroughly and use mouthwash twice a day. See a dentist regularly and watch for gum disease.
Dr. David Schleimer
A Verified Doctoranswered
39 years experience
They: They require excellent oral hygiene, and therefore are not a replacement for teeth lost to neglect.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 57 years experience
Don't: Don't develop periodontal disease or large decay, and don't break a tooth.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 57 years experience
Keep: Keep the area around the implant clean they should last a lifetime.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
Dental: Dental implant need lots of tlc. Don't stay away for too long. Get your cleaning done regularly.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Try: Try to avoid using tooth picks. Force applied can loosen the implant.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Be: Be gentle and do not apply excessive force on the teeth supported by implants.
Dr. Matthew Kooyman
22 years experience
Brush: Brush and floss twice a day and get a checkup twice a year. Take care of your overall health as well.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Implants: Implants need as much care as natural teeth be sure to brush and floss and visit your dentist.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
Keep: Keep them clean, don't eat anything you shouldn't, and keep your dental checkup appointments.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Avoid: Avoid putting lateral chewing forces on the tooth to prevent premature bone loss.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Do: Do not smoke prior to getting dental implants.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Care: Care for them at least as well as you would if wishes came true and you had your teeth back!
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Do: Do enjoy them. Don't take them for granted. Proper hygiene and proper eating habits matter!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Do: Do whatever you can to preserve your teeth. Implants are the best substitute we have now, but...
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Do: Do treat & clear up infection before getting an implant.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Dental: Dental implants need the same if not more care than natural teeth. Regular dental visits, too!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Prevent: Prevent the need for dental implants with excellent oral hygiene and regular dentist visits.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
In: In complicated cases, don't shy away from advanced imaging technology like a cbct scan- soon a must!
Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic 47 years experience
PATIENTS: Patients facing any medical surgery should be examined & treated for dental infections first.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Do: Do not cut corners to save a few dollars. Educate yourself so u ask the right questions! than start!
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Brush: Brush and floss your implant like any natural tooth to keep the gum tissue healthy.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Eat: Eat anything you want with the exclusion of things as hard as an ice cube.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Do: Do make sure you have a well thought out treatment plan before starting care and understand timeline.
Dr. Ingeborg Dziedzic
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Gums: Gums are pink and soft, but ever so important. Do what it takes to keep them healthy.
Dr. Ingeborg Dziedzic
Ophthalmology 43 years experience
Healthy: Healthy bone is needed to have a good result. Nutrition is the key to healthy dental bone.
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
If: If you have been told that you cannot receive dental implants, get a second opinion! often you can!
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
Always: Always floss around implants daily.
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
Brush: Brush your teeth daily, visit a dentist for a cleaning regularly, and accept treatment when offered.
Dr. James Anderson
Dentistry 20 years experience
You: You will find that you will be able to chew your food much better than with dentures.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Seriously: Seriously consider the benefits of a cone beam ct scan when getting worked up for a treatment plan.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Ask: Ask your dentist to design your case so it is retrievable, so if repairs are required, it's simple.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Don't: Don't smoke after getting an implant placed. It dramatically lowers your success rate!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Brush: Brush and floss , especially at night and get regular dental care a ns you should keep your teeth!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Everyone: It's a myth that: everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Dental: Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing and flossing.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
Proper: Proper and thorough diagnostic phase before any implant procedure, will lead to beter treatment plan.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
Do: Do not even think of getting dental implants without having a ct scan, for safest results.
Dr. Sam Markzar
Dentistry - Periodontics 28 years experience
It's: It's like living with ur own teeth.. Yeah.. The 3 rd. Set! just keep them clean, and get'em checked.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
If: If you have gastro esophageal reflux disease, gerd, make sure it is controlled. Acid harms teeth.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Do: Do follow all your dentists instructions after each of your dental implant treatment visit!
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Dental: Dental implants are like having your own teeth again! meticulous care will help maintain them..
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Avoid: Avoid gingivitis. Gum care is really important throughout your life. Flossing right is a big help!
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
To: To maintain the health of your teeth, brush twice daily, floss daily, and have dental exams yearly.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
They: They are almost like your own teeth. , treat them with good hygeine and tender loving care.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Preserve: Preserve and maintain your original teeth by effective brushing and flossing and regular checkups.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Keep: Keep them clean. Floss or water pik daily, in addition to brushing, to enhance longevity.
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Treat: Treat them as you would your natural teeth. Floss and brush as normal, and avoid very hard foods.
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
Protect: Protect your natural teeth with good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and treat disease early.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Ignore: To help prevent the loss of teeth, brush and floss 2x day, and visit your dentist at least 2x a year.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Ignore: Do take care of your dental implants as if they were your own teeth and don't forget 2x a yr checkup.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Ignore: Keep implant/crown scrupulously clean to prevent gum/bone loss/.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Ignore: It's important to brush and floss around implants to keep the gums and bone healthy.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
Ignore: People split teeth because of old silver fillings. Get them checked for cracks before they split.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 34 years experience
Ignore: Have them cleaned and checked just as you would with your natural teeth. Keep the gum very clean.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Treat them like natural teeth by properly brushing and flossing. They can get gum disease too.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: If a nightguard is recommended, make sure you wear in order to minimize the risk of implant failing.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Ignore: Proper brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily will avoid losing teeth.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: It's a myth that: implants are more like dentures than like real teeth!
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
Ignore: Inflammation around implants are most often caused by leftover cement. Have the area cleaned up.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: Dental implants should be cared for as if they were your original teeth.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 10 years experience
Ignore: Maintain your owen natural teeth, through good oral hygiene and periodic dental check ups
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Ignore: There is no need for implants. Only a desire to prevent tooth loss or to replace them when lost.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
Dental implants: Brush and floss thoroughly...The same as with teeth. You can get gum infections around implants. See your dentist every 3-6 months. Implants need to be cleaned and checked the same as teeth.
Dr. John Lann
27 years experience
Ignore: Make sure your doctor has a complete medical history before having implants placed.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Ignore: Regular dental exams and cleanings - 2-4/year. Meticulous home care.Waterpik.Low sugar diet.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: Make sure you are having a dental team check the gum tissue around the implant 2x a year.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Ignore: A balanced bite, healthy gums and teeth in a high ph environment is a good start.
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 27 years experience
Ignore: The success of implants over the past 20+ years can be directly attributed to proper planning!
Dr. J. Richard Shih
Cosmetic Dentistry 29 years experience
Ignore: Proper dental implants in the mouth should improve the quality of life in eating food.
Dr. William Jakavick
38 years experience
Ignore: Prevention begins at home. Daily thorough brushing and flossing, regular checkups=keep your teeth.
Dr. William Jakavick
38 years experience
Ignore: Do treat your implant like a living vital tooth! do not neglect your homecare!
Dr. William Jakavick
38 years experience
Ignore: Brush, floss and or water pick thoroughly around them daily and they will last and last.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Ignore: Need consult first. Not everyone is a good candidate for getting one.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Ignore: Dental implants are affordable, because many dental offices offer some form of in-office financing.
Dr. Robert Landman
Dentistry 33 years experience
Ignore: Be sure that you a treatment plan in place with a restorative dentist BEFORE you have any surgery.
Dr. Gehrig Harris
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Ignore: Quit smoking, brush, floss and get regular dental exams. Dentists recommend antibacterial toothpaste.
Dr. Richard Durando
Dentistry 45 years experience
Ignore: Dental Implants are a wonderful. Find a skilled surgeon and restorative dentist.
Dr. James Manning
Dentistry 44 years experience
Ignore: Current implant success rate equals or even exceeds root canal therapy.
Dr. Kevin Nail
Dentistry 12 years experience
Ignore: Do choose a dentist with experience. Don't price shop for the lowest fees.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 15 years experience
Ignore: Brush and floss regularly, do not grind your teeth, posterior cantilevers are not advised.
Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry 38 years experience
Ignore: Do brush, floss and flush with a water oil daily. Don't crunch ice or hard candy. Do see DDS often.

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