How to Keep Dental Implants Clean

How to Keep Dental Implants Clean

As the only restoration that can replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, dental implants can give you back your smile without the need for removable dentures. Implants consist of two parts: titanium screws or rods, which are inserted into the jawbone and act as new roots for the missing teeth, and the restoration, which may include crowns, bridges or dentures. Although the porcelain and titanium of the implant will not decay as natural teeth can, good dental hygiene continues to be important.

Although the porcelain and titanium of the implant will not decay as natural teeth can, good dental hygiene continues to be important.

When you have implants, your dental hygiene routine may change. Our team will explain the best ways to keep your implants clean based on your needs and the type of restoration you have. However, a few general rules apply.

1. Regular checkups and cleanings
While your jawbone and gums are healing from the implant procedure, you will probably need frequent follow-up visits with us. These visits allow us to monitor your dental health and ensure that you are healing as expected. We can remove any buildup that might threaten the health of your bone or soft tissues, and we can offer tips on how to promote healing.

2. Brushing and flossing
Plaque and debris can irritate the gum tissues, which can lead to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Your gums may swell, become red or bleed easily then. If the infection is able to reach the bone under the gums, it can cause implant failure. Good brushing and flossing habits can keep plaque and debris under control, though. You may need to use special flossing tools to reach all areas around the implant for the best results.

3. Diet
The right foods can help you heal, but they can also reduce the food available for bacteria. Skip starchy foods and sweet treats, which tend to stick to the teeth and feed bacteria. Instead, reach for fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

 

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