How Should I Clean My Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth or set of teeth for any reason, implants restore the health of your entire mouth by preventing neighboring teeth from shifting into the vacant space, bacteria from setting up shop on the open surface area, and your jaw bone from deteriorating because of lost stimulation from normal chewing action. 

At Innovative Dental Ideas, Dr. James Butler and our team of professionals are experts in implant placement and care. Here’s what you need to know about taking care of your new dental implants.

At-home care of your dental implants

Daily care of your dental implants is a breeze, since the implants are anchored into your jaw, keeping them securely in place. Unlike other solutions to missing teeth, like dentures, you can generally treat your implants like all your other natural teeth. 

However, because your implants are made from a different material than your natural teeth, a few minor adjustments to the products you use can help keep your new additions healthy and gleaming. Here are some at-home tips:

Paying attention to your daily oral hygiene will ensure your new dental implants last for many years to come, possibly for the rest of your life. For extra insurance, don’t forget your follow-up visits to see our team here at Innovative Dental Ideas.

Professional care of your dental implants

Your new dental implants are made of durable materials, but keeping that shiny, smooth surface requires special tools. Typically, when hygienists clean teeth, they use metal instruments. But dental implants scratch more easily than natural teeth and call for a gentler touch.

The tools we use when we work on your dental implants are made of nylon, plastic, or resin to prevent damage that might allow bacteria to enter the surface and cause infection.

If hard calculus (tartar) or soft biofilm (plaque) are allowed to take hold, infection and decay can set in, and your dental implant can become a health hazard. If left untreated, gum infection, called periodontitis, can lead to more tooth loss (it’s the number one cause) and even heart conditions

You can avoid these extreme problems with proper fit and proper care.

Problem prevention starts with proper fit

You can avoid most risks of infection and disease by making sure your dental implants fit snuggly and have no unnecessary gaps or inaccessible places that you need to clean. The way to do this is to choose your implant specialist with care.

That’s why so many patients trust us to come alongside them throughout their implant journey. Our unique practice at Innovative Dental Ideas is refreshingly patient-focused, and we specialize in dental implants.

We use the latest technology and the finest materials for your implants, carefully crafting them so they’re comfortable, natural-looking, and easy to maintain. This means paying particular attention to their design, whether it’s just one, All on 4®, or a full arch. We tailor your implants to fit your mouth smoothly, without ridges or protrusions (called flanges). We also make sure the intaglio (the part that attaches to your gums) is convex, rather than concave, so that no food can get trapped in unseen pockets. 

If you have new dental implants or are considering them, call us at 614-529-0062 or request an appointment online. We’ll schedule a consultation with one of our experts to give you every advantage for healthy, long-lasting dental implants.

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