Taking care of your dental implant
Looking after your dental implant is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Here are some things you need to know to keep your dental implant healthy and worry-free for years to come.
Brush and floss twice per day
Daily care for your dental implant is similar to what you do for the rest of your smile. Brushing and flossing regularly, along with rinsing your mouth after meals, removes the bacteria and plaque that can potentially lead to implant failure.
How can plaque cause dental implant failure?
While it is true that a dental crown does not decay and cannot get cavities, plaque buildup around the base of your crown can lead to gingivitis, infection and gum disease. When your gums become infected, the supporting tissue around your implant is weakened. This can lead to the loosening of your dental implant or a deeper infection affecting your jawbone.
Don’t skip out on hygiene appointments
Even with regular brushing and flossing, some biofilm can form on the surface of your crown over time. Schedule two professional cleanings per year to stay ahead of the game and protect both your natural teeth and dental implants from infection.
Avoid habits that are bad for oral health
The risk factors for dental implant failure are similar to those for damaging your natural teeth.
- Smoking or tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease and can lead to dental implant failure
- Avoid using your teeth as a tool to tear or open anything
- Treat bruxism and wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth during your sleep
- Do not chew ice or use your teeth to trim your nails
- Use floss instead of a toothpick to dislodge food stuck between your teeth
See your oral surgeon if something goes wrong
If you notice something wrong with your dental implant, make an appointment right away, don’t leave it until last minute.