Maintaining Dental Implants with Oral Hygiene
The best way to ensure a lifetime of quality oral health is to properly maintain the teeth, gums, dentures and dental implants. This requires proper flossing and brushing every day. Routine visits to the dentist are often a necessity. By cleaning the teeth every day, calculus formations can be held to a minimum. Over the course of a few months, the patient should have the teeth professionally cleaned by the dentist or dental hygienist.
Caring for a Dental Implant
Taking proper care of a dental implant is crucial for its long-term success. With professional maintenance and proper home care, prosthetic teeth or dentures held in place by dental implants can last for life.
Proper oral hygiene is a necessity to prevent many of the common diseases associated with implants. Different types of dental implants often require various levels of home care. The dentist will often recommend a range of products necessary for making the cleaning of the dental implants and prosthetic teeth easier. The patient must be informed on how to look for any signs of food that has become lodged underneath a fixed prothesis or implant bridge.
Home care involves daily, meticulous routines that need to begin immediately after surgery to maintain optimal health and initiate proper healing. After surgery, the patient with new implants should follow specific guidelines that include:
- Take all prescribed pain medications and antibiotics
- Consume only soft foods in the first few days during the healing process
- An extra soft toothbrush should only be used as a way to clean the gum tissue and implant.
- Use a prescribed anti-septic rinse or saltwater rinse recommended by the dentist
Maintaining a Healthy Implant
Continuous meticulous oral hygiene is significantly crucial to ensure a healthy implant, even more so than maintaining natural teeth. This is because the biological components of an implant make it highly susceptible to serious bone loss and inflammation caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque. This often requires significant, meticulous hygiene activities including:
- Brushing the teeth twice every day using a low abrasive dentifrice
- Flossing once a day
- Utilizing a rubber tipped stimulator each day
- Using antimicrobial rinses when inflammation is present
- Using a non-metal tipped water irrigation unit if recommended by the
dentist or dental hygienist