Taking Care of Implants

Best Dentist Phoenix Just like you brush and floss your own teeth, you will brush and floss an implant. “Regular brushing is a time investment you make to maintain the health of your mouth,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Cosmetic Dentistry office in Phoenix. “Dental implants can last a long time, but they depend on  maintenance and your general health to maintain peak performance,” she continues.

Brushing after each meal will help keep bacteria from building up at the base of the implant. If you don’t want to carry a small brush to clean after meals, consider an interdental brush (tiny plastic brushes available in packs where you find dental floss in the drugstore) to use between your own teeth and the implant.

If you have limited dexterity, you may discover that a power toothbrush is a practical tool. A Philips Air Flow delivers a blast of air and water to clean in the close-fitting spaces.

“Brushing should be followed by flossing,” says Dr. Ford. “Flossing carefully, with dental tape, is a safe and easy way to keep plaque away from your implant,” she continues. Floss all four sides—front, back, and the area between the other teeth, every time you floss.

In addition to brushing and flossing, your implants need professional care. That means seeing your dentist twice a year. The dentist will inspect the prosthesis for damage, cracks or flaws, as well as the bone that holds your implant in place. Spotting trouble before it causes problems is a way to keep implants doing the work of your teeth for you.

“If it’s necessary, your dentist will remove the prosthetic (the part above the gum) and clean both the implant and the prosthetic teeth,” says Dr. Ford. “Your dentist will replace the teeth and it will be fully functional again,” she continues. Dentures fixed to implants are actually designed to be easily removed for maintenance. Dental implant hygiene requires a bit of patience, but it is well worth it for the use and practicality of teeth that provide years of service.

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