How to Clean Your Dental Implants

How to Clean Your Dental Implants

How to Clean Your Dental Implants

If you’ve had recent same day dental implant treatment in Conroe, it’s important to thoroughly care for your new smile every day.

Dental implant success is extremely high compared to other tooth replacement treatments, even if they were placed after a tooth extraction. Conroe patients of implant specialist Dr. Kip Saunders are instructed to follow some of these basic oral hygiene tips:

Brush Gently, With a Non-Abrasive Toothpaste

Titanium dental implants are extremely durable, but you still want to treat them with an extra level of care. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft (or ultra-soft) toothbrush to clean them twice per day.

As with any teeth in your mouth, Dr. Saunders recommends brushing your implants for about two minutes each time, paying particular attention to the areas along your gums.

Floss Your Implants Daily

Plaque likes to stick to any restoration inside of your mouth, including dental implants and the fixed prosthetics on top of them. It’s important to gently floss around the edges of your crowns where they meet your gums, to remove any biofilm that might otherwise start to accumulate and creep under your gum tissues.

Wrap the floss in a “C” shape around your implant and gently rub the side up and down, extending just a couple of millimeters below the gums (but do not force the floss down if it will not go.) Lift the floss and wrap it around the next tooth or implant, being sure to clean each one throughout your mouth.

For areas under fixed bridges or All-on-4 implants, you’ll want to use something special like a floss threader or water flosser to reach areas that aren’t as easily accessible.

Floss each tooth at least once a day.

Take Care of Your Gums

Your gums are the protective and connective tissues over your bone, which is responsible for retaining your new dental implants. If there is any type of inflammation or gingivitis present, you need to let your dentist know right away.

Usually, mild gingivitis is reversible within a couple of weeks of re-vamped home care. But if symptoms persist, it could be a sign of a more serious problem, known as peri-implantitis. This form of gum disease is a common cause of implant failure, so it’s crucial to see your regular or cosmetic dentist. The Woodlands and Conroe implant patients of Dr. Saunders should schedule an exam at our specialty practice as soon as reasonably possible.

Visit Your Dentist for Routine Cleanings

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants need to be professionally cleaned at least every six months by your family or cosmetic dentist. Conroe patients of Dr. Saunders usually alternative visits between their “home” dental practice and our specialty clinic as needed.

More Implant Care Questions? Call Our Conroe Specialist

Dr. Kip Saunders is one of the most experienced dental implant experts in The Woodlands and Conroe. Contact us today for an exam or consultation to find out how we can help you keep your new smile healthy for life.

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