Ways of Caring for Dental Implants Are Different than Natural Teeth
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Platte Valley Dental Care
Once you get dental implants, you have to care for them regularly. However, how you care for them is different than how you care for natural teeth. The following information will give you more details on how these restorations are different.
How Do You Ensure the Longevity of Implants and their Restorations?
To ensure the longevity of implants and their restorations, you need to keep them clean of plaque and bacteria to prevent tissue infection and implant loss. Without professional cleanings and regular at-home dental care, peri-implantitis can result, leading to implant failure. Therefore, when you visit our office, we will use tools when cleaning, made of plastics and resins, to prevent damage to your implants. The regular scalers used for cleaning natural teeth can damage implant restorations.
How Do You Clean Implants at Home
To clean implants at home, clean twice daily, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a low-abrasion toothpaste. You should always brush around and beneath the implant restoration. For hard-to-reach spots, use an interdental brush with a nylon coating. Also, floss each day with a floss designed for implants or an unwaxed dental tape. We also recommend that you use an oral irrigator to ensure you get the implant and surrounding teeth extra clean. If you wear overdentures, remove the prostheses each day and soak them in a recommended cleaner. Inspect the clips, locator caps, or o-rings, and contact our office if any or missing or worn down. Use a denture brush to gently brush the underside of your denture. Always rinse the overdenture completely before placing it back in your mouth.
You will find that your implant will last a lifetime when you practice the above routine of dental care. To prevent problems with implant failure or soft tissue infections, visit our office every six months. Give us a call today for any dental care needs. We have built our reputation on beautiful and healthy smiles.
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