What to Expect: How to Care for Dental Implants

What to Expect: How to Care for Dental Implants

Posted by Ralph Reilly on September 14, 2017
Ralph Reilly

pexels-photo-298611.jpegWhat’s your dream car? Ferrari, Bently, 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible? Oh the lengths we'll go to keep our dream car in mint condition. Will you go the distance to keep your smile in perfect condition? Just as you wash and wax your car or take it in for oil changes you should also be brushing, flossing and going to see your dentist for regular cleanings.

How To Care For Your Dental Implants

Good oral care is a fundamental need to maintain the health and function of an implant and should happen before, during and after the dental implant is placed to ensure the health of the implant procedure. Specific instructions will be provided by your dentist or hygienist for your dental implant home care for pre and post procedure care. Here are some general instructions typically given but be sure to get your dentist’s recommendations specific to your dental care.

  • Brush teeth and implants with a soft tooth brush be it manual, electric or sonic brush twice a day. There have been many studies performed as to which type is most effective for cleaning implants and there is not a significant difference however your dentist may have a preference he believes is more effective for your care.
  • Floss around the implant with dental tape using a shoe-shine method. Your dental hygienist or dentist will demonstrate and teach you this method. This flossing technique is where the dental floss is in contact with both sides if the implant and then wrapped in a circle and crisscrossed in front. Then in a shoe shine motion, move into the peri-implant crevice to remove biofilm.
  • Antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended if you are prone to inflammation.
  • Oral irrigators or water flossers are highly recommended to be used 1 or 2 times daily to reduce plaque buildup and reduce inflammation. Your dentist will have a specific recommendation because some tips and or irrigators can be damaging to the implant.

Your hygienist will prepare you with information, tips and recommendations to help you feel confident and comfortable with your dental implant care. You will want to follow your dentist recommendations for your dental implant care to prevent peri-implant disease which could lead to failure of the implant due to bone loss.

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