How to Maintain Dental Implants
Whether you’ve had a single dental implant, multiple or even a full dental arch, taking top care of your dental implants is essential for longevity and preventing dental implant infection.
Maintain your new dental implants with the proper home care to ensure they remain healthy and last for life.
Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
While dental implants are resistant to cavities, the gum and bone surrounding them can get infected by the bacteria in dental plaque. Brush at least twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste to keep the surrounding teeth strong and your gums healthy. This includes careful cleaning of all surfaces of the dental implant. Remember to also floss regularly!
Choose the Right Toothbrush
You might require a specialised toothbrush to make it easier to clean your implant. Products such as an interdental brush (designed for cleaning between teeth where regular toothbrushes can’t reach) or a brush head with a narrow or angled neck will be able to effectively reach and clean those tight spaces. Electric toothbrushes are still a great option if manual brushing is an issue.
What to do in the Case of Dental Implant Infection
The most common complication from a dental implant is infection. This is usually caused by harmful bacteria either following the surgery or sometimes even years later. Common signs of a dental implant infection are:
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Red, puffy gums (gums should appear firm and pink)
- Bad breath or unpleasant taste
- Loose implant
- Visible pus
- Difficulty chewing
At the first sign of infection, immediately book an appointment to see your dentist. The sooner you fight the infection, the faster it will heal.
Oasis Dental Studio provides strong and natural-looking dental implants in the Gold Coast area. Contact us to book your appointment today.