Dental Implant Maintenance
How do you take care of dental implants? Are they really that much different than caring for other types of restorations?
In short, your new implants need to be cared for the very same way you would your natural smile. Not only do implants resemble anatomical teeth; they’re maintained in an identical manner.
Flossing Your Implant
Like your other teeth, implants must be flossed daily. Since a toothbrush can’t reach between teeth or just below your gums, flossing is crucial.
Wrap the floss around your implant, so that it’s shaped like a “C” against the side. Gently rub the floss up and down between your teeth and under the gums, lifting it up over your gum tissue before moving to the next tooth or implant.
If you have implants that support a multi-tooth restoration, be sure to clean underneath with a threader or water flosser.
If you would like a demonstration on how to clean your implants, please let one of our friend team members know!
Brushing Around Implants
Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush that’s gentle on your gums. Apply light pressure along your gumlines, cleaning where the crown meets your gum tissue. Don’t push too hard, as aggressive brushing can cause your gums to recede. Make short strokes, cleaning 1-2 teeth at a time.
For best results, choose a non-abrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch your porcelain restorations.
Brush for at least two minutes, twice per day. Follow up with a mouthwash if you prefer.
No matter how many implants you have, you’ll want to schedule a regular check and clean at least every six months. Your implants need to be monitored and cleaned with special instruments to prevent microscopic scratches that might harbor bacteria. During your visit we’ll perform a routine exam, any necessary X-rays, and gently polish surface stains away.
Although implants last for decades, the restorations on top can potentially wear out over time and need to be updated.
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