Dental Implant Maintenance

Why is it Important to look after your Dental Implants?

You have probably invested a lot of money in having dental implants and want to keep them as long as possible. With regular dental check-ups and good oral health your will increase the longevity of your implants. If you look after your dental implants your new teeth can last for life. 

 

 

Immediate Aftercare for Dental Implants

After any oral surgery it is vital to keep the mouth as clean as possible and until the bone is completely healed caution is needed.  To help your recovery go smoothly and avoid complications, follow these steps,

 

  • Drink cold beverages
  • On the night of your surgery, brush ‘with a gentle toothbrush
  • After the first 24 hours, rinse your mouth with salt water 2-3 times a day
  • Apply ice if required.

 

Initially, a soft diet is best for the first couple of weeks, after that you can slowly introduce harder foods. Rest assured, you will soon be able to enjoy all kinds of foods. 

There is no special way to clean your dental implants, just make sure you care for them as well as you would care for your natural teeth. Thorough oral hygiene is essential to prevent diseases around the implants.

How to look after your Dental Implants?

With proper home care and regular professional maintenance, you can keep your new teeth throughout life. Inadequate care can cause plaque to build up around your dental implants which can cause disease in the surrounding gum and bone, potentially leading to the loss of the implant. There are some advisable products that you can buy to help keep your dental implants clean and healthy.

  • An electric toothbrush as this is more effective for removing plaque / bacteria than a manual toothbrush. Make sure to brush under and around the implant crown.
  • Unwaxed dental floss for cleaning between your implants
  • Interdental brushes for reaching areas that are harder to get to. 

An effective aftercare routine at home alongside regular appointments with your dental team is essential for the long-term success of your implants. It’s very important to get your dental implant cleaned by a professional occasionally.

If you are unsure on how best to use these products, then simply ask our dental hygiene therapists and they will show you how.

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