Caring For Dental Implants

After dental implant surgery, it’s important that you continue to clean and maintain them. Dental implants are just like natural teeth in that they must be protected from the rigors of daily life. Plaque, bacteria, and other germs can still become caught within the space between your implant and the bone. Failure to practice proper oral hygiene can cause infection and potential implant failure.

Flossing is still necessary with your dental implants, as this removes the food deposits from places where a toothbrush is simply unable to reach. We also recommend that you use an antibacterial mouthwash to help kill any bacteria that remains in your mouth after brushing.

A common misconception is that dental implants require very little care since they are artificial and do not have nerves. This is not true and can lead to dental implant failure. When the implants fail, it can potentially require re-implantation.

Caring For Dental Implants

  • You should care for your dental implants just as you would real teeth. Brush your implants at least twice a day, in both the morning and the evening. For better results, you should brush your dental implants after each meal.
  • When brushing, apply a small amount of toothpaste and make sure to get all of the hard to reach areas around the entire dental implant. While you are brushing the base of the implant, ensure that the bristles are also hitting your gum area. You should continue brushing your implants for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • After you are finished brushing, rinse your mouth with water, spit and then repeat this step a second time.
  • Make sure that you floss all around your implant. Allow the floss to wrap around the side of your dental implant and bring it down to your gum line.
  • Just like with normal teeth, you should maintain routine dental checkups.

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For a consultation, call Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists at (262) 634-4646 today — we’ll take excellent care of you.

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