Caring for Dental Implants  

Dental Implant Patient
Many patients looking to replace missing or severely damaged teeth choose dental implants. This is because of their relatively long lifespan; between 25 to 30 years compared to the 15 to 20 years of other tooth restoration options. What they don’t realize is that dental implants will only last a long time if they are properly cared for and maintained; whether it is a single tooth implant or full dental implants.

Basic At-Home Oral Hygiene is the Same as Before Dental Implants

Your basic at-home oral hygiene routine will not vary once you get dental implants. In fact, if you practice good oral hygiene before dental implants, you probably won’t even notice a difference.

Everyone’s everyday routine will vary depending upon their personal needs and preferences, but it typically involves doing the following:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day – ideally, you would brush after meals to remove any biofilm from around the implants and teeth. Twice a day, typically in the morning and at bedtime, is recommended.
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush – a soft-bristled toothbrush is strong enough to remove plaque and food particles, but not strong enough that it could scratch or damage your gums, teeth, and dental implants.
  • Use proper brushing technique – so all the plaque is removed, especially around the implants.
  • Floss with implant-specific dental floss that won’t catch or snag on the dental implant.
  • Use a small, bristled interdental brush to clean the areas around and under the crown.
  • Use an oral irrigator to enhance flossing – oral irrigators should not be used to replace dental flossing.

Denture Implants Require Some Extra Maintenance and Care

Caring for full dental implants will be slightly different than caring for single implants. There are a few extra things that will need to be done to make sure your teeth, gums, and mouth stay healthy.

Some of the extra care steps that will need to be taken include:

  • Dentures should be carefully removed and fully cleaned once a day.
  • Carefully inspect all parts of your full dental implant for any signs of damage. Look closely at things like caps, crowns, and the dentures. Look for things such as cracks, dents, or chips.
  • Carefully clean all around the dentures including the undersides, sides, and chewing surfaces.

Regular Routine Dental Checkups and Professional Cleanings are Important

In addition to practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis, you will need to make sure you schedule regular dental exams and professional cleanings. If not, you could encounter various dental implants problems that will cause the implant to fail and fall out, which will result in the need for restorative dentistry.

Some reasons why routine dental checkups and professional cleanings are so important include:

  • Checking for damage to the implants – dentists will inspect your dental implants for any signs of damage.
  • Early detection of gum disease – gum disease can be detected in its early stages which makes it easier to treat. If gum disease is left untreated, it can cause dental implants to fail.
  • Proper equipment can be used to clean the dental implants – dental hygienists use specialized equipment to remove biofilm from your dental implants without damaging them.
  • Implant care tips can be provided – dental hygienists and dentists will be able to see if you happen to be missing a spot when brushing. They will be able to provide you with tips on how to improve your at-home oral care routine so you are able to prolong the lifespan of your dental implants.

Think dental implants might be right for you? Contact Bonham Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how they can help you replace any missing or damaged teeth.