Dental implants will last a long time – as long as they cared for properly. Oral hygiene is the key to longevity so make sure to look after your teeth, gums and the bones that support the structures in your mouth!
Problems with Dental Implants
When you have dental implants you will need to take extra steps to ensure great oral hygiene. Infection is one of the major concerns, resulting in the degradation of the bone supporting your implants. If your gums become sore, bleed, or recede so that the implant is exposed, it is time to visit Pearland Family Dentistry.
You may also run into problems if the crowns that are attached to your dental implants become damaged. While you will want to keep your teeth clean, special consideration should be given to when brushing or flossing around crowns.
Brushing & Flossing
There are toothbrushes and floss available that are specially designed for dental implants. However, you can also use a soft brush that will not damage the crown. Electric brushes are also a good option for getting underneath the gum line and ensuring that plague is not able to build up and cause infection.
Frequent flossing is recommended when you have dental implants due to the risk of bacteria building up between the teeth. Depending on where your dental implants are located in the mouth, you may need to consider dental tools that are specifically made to reach awkward areas. This is especially true of your dental implants are at the back of the mouth.
Floss is considered an interdental aid but there are also toothbrushes which perform a similar role in oral hygiene. These brushes are able to get between certain teeth and provide a more thorough cleaning. Interdental brushes are often recommended to people who have dental implants.
When your dental implants are completed your dental hygienist will provide instructions on maintenance and care. It is important to take note of any recommendations and ask questions if you are unsure about the correct oral hygiene practices for cleaning your crowns. Keeping your bones healthy and strong is essential when you have dental implants.
At Pearland Family Dentistry we will walk you through your dental implant care. We understand that you want to keep your new teeth healthy and clean. Our team of dental experts is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call today to make your first appointment!