What you need to know about the care and maintenance of dental implants
You’ve completed your dental implant treatment, and you now have a beautiful new addition to your smile. The dental implant looks and feels natural, just like your original teeth. Can you clean and maintain it just like your original teeth? The care and maintenance of dental implants is a common question for the dentists at Abington Dental Arts - Dr. Amy Cravath, Dr. Jeffrey Bell and Dr. Dale Collins - in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Here are some tips and how to maintain your new smile.
To care for your dental implant properly, you need to keep all surfaces of it free of plaque. You do this by:
- Brushing daily after each meal and especially before bed
- Flossing at least once daily
Sonic or electric toothbrushes are excellent for cleaning around dental implants. Floss threaders or loops can be used if your dental implants support multiple teeth. You can also use small interdental brushes to clean in between dental implants. We may also suggest an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Typically dental implants consist of a few parts, and the first of these is called the “fixture” which is implanted in your bone and becomes the “root” of your tooth. On top of the fixture is the “abutment” which sits above your gums and secures your restoration to the implant. Your dental implant is capped with a single crown, multiple crowns, or a denture. When you clean your dental implant, you are cleaning the restoration and the abutment areas.
Don’t forget to visit us every 3 to 6 months, so we can evaluate the implant and check for problems. You also need a professional dental cleaning and dental implant maintenance regularly to ensure your dental implant and your mouth are healthy.
When you’ve made the commitment to have a dental implant, you need to be committed to proper care and maintenance. Dental implants are an investment and you need to invest in taking care of them. For more information on proper care and maintenance of dental implants call the dentists of Abington Dental Arts in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. You deserve to know everything you can about your dental implant, so call today!