Maintenance of Proper Oral Hygiene With Dental Implants - Tips and Tricks

Maintenance of Proper Oral Hygiene With Dental Implants - Tips and Tricks

Posted by Dr. Kevlyn on Apr 15 2021, 11:11 PM

The maintenance of dental implants plays a major role in their longevity. Besides professional care at regular intervals, a meticulous home care routine is also needed. 

In this article, Dr. Michael Kevlyn, DDS, at Belleview Family Dentistry in Greenwood Village, Colorado, shares insights on the maintenance of proper oral hygiene with dental implants. 

Immediate Post-Operative Care

The following oral hygiene practices can help speed up healing and osseointegration after implant placement:

  • Drink clear liquids after the implant procedure
  • Take antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed
  • Eat soft foods to promote healing
  • Avoid wearing a temporary prosthesis or denture to let the gum tissue heal (if the implant was not immediately placed)
  • Use an extra-soft toothbrush to clean pre-existing implants and the gums (do not brush the incision area)
  • Use a salt-water rinse or an antiseptic rinse if prescribed

Home Care Routine 

Maintenance care is recommended depending on the type of implant and the patient’s capability. Below are some of the common home care routines recommended by dentists:

  • Brushing

Brush twice a day according to the instructed technique using a soft toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes can be used by patients with limited manual dexterity. End tufted brushes or tapered rotary brushes can be used to clean inaccessible areas. 

  • Interproximal Cleaning

Interdental aids are selected according to the size and shape of the embrasure. Dental floss is recommended for areas of tight contact. In the case of larger accessible spaces, an interproximal brush with a plastic-coated wire is usually recommended.

  • Oral Irrigation

High-pressure pulsating water around the implants helps flush out the bacteria between the teeth. Water or a chlorhexidine antimicrobial solution can be used for this. 

  • Local Chemotherapeutic Agents

In patients with recurrent inflammation, anti-infective agents are recommended to be applied to the affected region. Foam tips, interproximal brushes, and disposable wooden picks which assist in plaque removal can be used to deliver antiseptic gels to enhance efficiency. 

  • Professional Care

Apart from your at-home dental care routine, you also require regular follow-up dental visits to prevent the inflammation of the tissues around the implants. 

To learn more about the maintenance of proper oral hygiene with dental implants, call Belleview Family Dentistry at (303) 290-0962 or visit us at 8200 E Belleview Ave # 425 East Tower, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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