Proper home care and hygiene can make a huge impact on how successful your dental implant investment is. When cared for properly, well-integrated implants can—and should—last for the rest of your life.
Clean Your Implants Properly
Dental implants require similar oral hygiene techniques as your natural teeth once did.
The best thing about dental implants is the ability to treat them as anatomical teeth. You need to brush and floss them daily and plan regular six-month checkups. Antimicrobial mouthwash is also helpful.
Use The Right Tools
To clean difficult-to-reach areas, you may need to use additional hygiene aids. Such as a water flosser or floss threader. For example, you’ll need something to clean underneath full arch implants (All-on-4) or implant-supported bridges. It is important to clean both the implant restoration and the gums adjacent to the tooth replacement to prevent any infections.
It’s ideal to invest in a high-quality electric toothbrush. Use it twice daily for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an interdental brush, tufted floss, water flosser, or a threader to clean the implant abutment. Our Atlanta dentist or hygienist might recommend specific hygiene aids depending on what type of implant restoration you have.
Prevent Gum Inflammation
Your hygiene plan will help prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis, or peri-implantitis from developing around dental implants. Good oral hygiene is crucial because peri-implantitis is a leading cause of implant failure. By keeping your implants clean, you’re ensuring they last as long as possible.
Caring for your new smile is easier than ever. Especially with dental implants in Atlanta. If you have missing teeth or are due for a checkup, visit Aesthetic & Implant Center of Atlanta to learn how we can help.