Having a dental implant benefits you in many ways. To keep this beneficial tool working and healthy, you need to take good care of it. Taking care of dental implants does not involve any sophisticated techniques but it’s similar to taking care of your real teeth.
Your restored teeth and dental implants need to be kept clean and plaque free by daily oral care. You can keep your dental implants clean and plaque free by brushing and flossing twice a day. You should remember to clean your implant especially after eating by softly brushing all sides of the implant. Whether you are at home or travelling, your dental kit needs to have the following
- An electric or manual toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Dental floss – to clean the area around abutments.
- Dentist recommended toothpaste.
Regular checkup by your dentist
You should visit your implant dentaire for regular checkups and cleaning of your teeth. You should schedule these visits every three to six months. The implant needs to be X- Rayed annually to prevent potential problems. In the case of any pain or a supposed infection, you should consult your dentist without any delay to preserve the implant.
If suggested by your dentist you can include the following in your daily cleaning kit
- Antimicrobial mouthwash – To minimize the bacterial concentration and general oral hygiene.
- Inter-dental brushes – to remove plaque present between the teeth on either side of the implant.
- Disclosing tablet – it is used to find the locations of plaque accumulation.
Need for proper cleaning
Implants need proper and daily care to prevent potential problems. Lack of care may result in a variety of problems and the earliest indication of a problem is bleeding. This is called Mucositis. This can be treated and is reversible, if detected and treated at an early stage.
It should be taken seriously and you should consult a dentist at the earliest otherwise it may lead to Peri-Implantitis or bone loss and is irreversible. The non-treatment of Peri-Implantitis causes advanced bone loss and ultimately you need to get the implant removed.
Taking care of implants is a two-pronged process that consists of the daily oral care and regular checkups at the dentists. It is very easy to take care of your implants and it can be accomplished with minimal of efforts. Failing to maintain your implant leads to adverse medical effects and the loss of your implant.