Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

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The most common treatment preference to restore missing teeth is dental implants. For many adults, losing a permanent tooth can significantly change their way of healthy, daily life. Studies by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows that 3 million people chose the dental plant treatment option, and the estimate is increasing by half a million a year. The implant helps preserve and secure dentures for maximum functionality and comfort.

To provide the implant’s durability, there are specific instructions that require to keep it clean and free from plaque and bacteria build-up, which can lead to tissue infection around the implant. The worst-case scenario if the tissues surrounding the implant is infected, it can lead to peri-implantitis resulting in implant failure.

The dental hygienist must ensure to keep the dental implants disease-free. Traditionally, dental scalers are used on natural teeth to graze the implant, crown, or abutment; however, instead of traditional tools, the hygienist will use specialized tools made of resins to deeply clean without causing any impairments.

As an implant recipient, you will need to understand the significance of successfully taking care of your implant. Here are some best home-care instructions to keep in mind and make it into a daily habit.

  • It would be best if you cleaned at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Use a low-grade toothpaste that is not too abrasive for the teeth
  • Floss daily with unwaxed or implant-specific floss (ask your dentist)
  • You must make sure to clean hard to reach places
  • Remember to brush under and around the implant
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