How to Care for Dental Implants

Implants Some people who hear about the amazing results that patients have with dental implants may think that once those restorations are in place, very little else needs to be done related to their care. After all, they are artificial teeth, so they shouldn’t need the same level of care that our natural teeth require, right?

Wrong. Your implants are designed to last for decades, even a lifetime, but they will require daily and periodic care, that, while slightly different than natural teeth, is still critical to avoid peri-implantitis or other diseases that can appear in the natural parts of the mouth that remain (other natural teeth, your jawbone, or your gums) after implants are placed.

How to Care for Your Dental Implants

  1. Brush and floss your implants daily. Just as with natural teeth, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the bedrock habits of a protective dental routine. Your dentist may also recommend antimicrobial mouth rinses or inter-dental brushes for removing plaque between natural teeth on either side of an implant.
  2. Visit your dentist for regular checkups. A professional examination and cleaning can ensure that dental plaque is not building up on your implants.
  3. Schedule your implants to be cleaned by your dentist (part 1). When you visit the dentist for your periodic checkup, he or she will also clean your implants. They will have their hygienist use special instruments, often made of plastic or resin, to remove plaque from the surfaces of your implants. These instruments will get your implants clean without damaging them.
  4. Schedule your implants to be cleaned by your dentist (part 2). If you have All-on-4 implant-supported dentures, when you come in for a checkup, the dentist will remove your dentures using special tools and give them a thorough cleaning. This is typically the only time your implant-supported dentures are removed from your mouth.

“Dental implants have many advantages and can be a long-lasting solution to losing your natural teeth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “However, to ensure that those advantages are retained, it’s important to make the proper care of your implants a daily priority.”

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