Dental Implants: Prosthetics, Pressure, And Protection

Yes, you have heard it over and over again: Dental implants are so durable! The prosthetics that restore those implants are quite durable, too. So, does that mean you can just enjoy yourself to your heart’s content without ever worrying about possible damage? Well … not exactly. This just means that if you’re treating your implants and restorations like your teeth (safely, that is) then there’s nothing to worry about. However, if you’re not mindful about pressure, there are potential problems waiting around the corner.

Pressure Promotes Failure

Too much pressure is one of the things that can cause your otherwise safe dental implant to fail. Your teeth and your other tissues can only handle so much daily or immediate pressure, which is true for prosthetics, too! Be very careful about the stuff you’re eating, the things you’re chewing on, and remember to treat bruxism if it affects you.

Pressure Damages Prosthetics

Just like for the implant post itself, pressure can cause problems for your prosthetic that your implant or implants support. Be mindful about pressure. You could crack a crown, break a bridge, etc.

Pressure Can Cause Other Concerns

If you suffer from bruxism and that’s why there’s so much pressure (or even if you eat lots of difficult to chew foods), remember that the part of your mouth absorbing pressure is not just teeth, prosthetics, and implants, but also your jaw joints. Beyond damaging dental implants, etc., you could be damaging your TMJs and heading toward TMJ disorder!

Protect Your Implants With Ease

Remember to ease up with the pressure you place on your smile so dental implants can remain safe (and so can the rest of your smile!). To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.