If you recently had your smile restored, it’s likely that you are already enjoying life after dental implant surgery. You are eating food without complication, you’ve taken the right steps to ensuring the future health of your mouth and ultimately, you are pleased with your new found confidence, all thanks to your dental implant.
With adequate dental implant aftercare, which includes home care and professional maintenance, your new teeth will last you a lifetime.
As dental implants aren’t ‘live’ per se, it’s understandable to be confused over the type of aftercare that is required for dental implants. Do you brush and floss implants as you do regular teeth? Will food easily get stuck around the implant?
That said, it is worth taking a few moments to ensure you fully understand the best options for dental implant aftercare.
Why Dental Implant Hygiene is Often Overlooked
Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common reasons why a dental implant has failed prematurely.
As the dental implant materials themselves are not susceptible to tooth decay, without sufficient knowledge of oral hygiene best practice, it is plausible for people to assume they don’t need care and hygiene is therefore overlooked.
However, it is vital to ensure your gums remain healthy to maximise the longevity of your dental implants.
A build-up of plaque can damage the tissues surrounding the implant and may lead to an infection of the bone that secures the implant, this is called peri-implantitis.
Dental Implant Aftercare at Home
As with your natural teeth, dental implants require a good home care routine to keep them in top condition. Your Implantologist should provide you with comprehensive aftercare information and instructions, but generally, we would advise the following:
You should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal, several times a day, particularly after meals and before bedtime. We recommend using the toothpaste recommended by your dentist.
Depending on the complexity of your dental restoration, your dentist may ask you to use oral hygiene products such as oral irrigation devices or inter-dental brushes.
It is important to wean yourself from teeth grinding and clenching habits as these can irritate the implant area. Alternatively, your dentist can prescribe a night guard to protect your teeth and implant.
Dental implants and smoking are not a good mixture and will render your implant warranties invalid. Choosing to smoke will put you at risk of losing your dental implants, leading to potential gum disease or poor healing ability.
Professional Dental Implant Aftercare
The first few months’ post-surgery are vital, therefore your dentist will want to schedule follow-up appointments with you.
After the initial settling-in period, your implants will require the same dental check-ups as you would with entirely natural teeth.
We would recommend that you have at least 2 dental hygienist appointments every year to help safeguard your gum health. Your dental hygienist will be able to thoroughly clean areas that are hard to reach or are perhaps often accidentally missed as part of your normal brushing and flossing routine.
Your appointment will be tailored around maintaining the longevity of your dental implants and importantly, they will be able to check for signs of issues, meaning they will be caught and dealt will early on.
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Dedicating a small amount of time to professional oral care will likely save you time and money in the future if your dental implant aftercare is not always as thorough as needed.
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