Patients who are getting dental implants after suffering tooth loss often ask about the steps necessary to care for the devices. When considering care for dental implants, patients should remember that dental implants are structurally similar to biological teeth.
Oral Care Ensures Dental Implant Success
Dental implants do not require any additional special care. You simply need to brush and floss the dental implant like your other teeth. Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can collect plaque and the surrounding tissues can become inflamed if the plaque is not removed daily.
Immediately Following An Implant Procedure
After an implant has been placed, the gums surrounding the implant may be sore and inflamed. Irritating this space with a toothbrush may make it worse. Using an oral rinse or gel with antibacterial properties can be used until the area hurts less.
When the area is less sore, a soft toothbrush can be used in the area of the implant. Be sure to brush the area very thoroughly to remove harmful bacteria from the site.
Brushing Is Not Enough
Brushing your teeth after every meal is a basic step to preventing buildup of harmful bacteria but brushing alone is not enough to prevent the failure of dental implants.
Be sure to take steps besides brushing your implant, such as:
- Flossing your teeth
- Using an interdental brush
- Brushing with antibacterial toothpaste
- Regular visits to the dentist
Implants need this extra attention due to the ease of bacteria buildup on the implant. Bacteria can lead to gum inflammation, which can cause bone loss if it goes untreated.
If well maintained, a dental implant can last a lifetime. For more information on taking care of your dental implants or to schedule a routine dental cleaning, contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at 401-237-4038.