To achieve the best possible healing and healthy results from your dental implants, it is crucial that you maintain good oral hygiene before, during, and after the procedure. Plaque can accumulate around dental implants, resulting in diseases like bleeding gums, gingivitis, and other ailments that can prolong the healing time and impair the outcome of your treatment.
All of SC Dental group, our patients in Plano, Texas receive thorough, in-depth post-operative instructions to assist them in caring for their dental implants and maintaining the health and brilliance of their new smiles. Your smile will stay strong and attractive for many years if you take good care of your investment.
We recommend you adhere to the following tips on post dental implant care advice.
- Avoid using abrasive dental products and toothpaste.
It is advisable that you make an effort to only use delicate cleaning products to avoid any further discomfort. When certain elements, like mint, are more prominent, it may result in more powerful after usage effects which could cause you to be uncomfortable.
- Make it a point to floss every day.
There are many different kinds of dental floss available in the market, some of which are made especially for those who have dental implants. Daily flossing is crucial to prevent plaque buildup near each implant site. Many dental patients may occasionally need to use a floss threader or a particular kind of floss with an integrated threader made for cleaning around fixed bridges. Your dentist will advise you on which kind of floss you should be using based on the procedure you have had done.
- Use a soft nylon toothbrush for cleaning.
To eradicate bacterial plaque, we advise using a soft nylon toothbrush and brushing twice daily. To carefully clean the surface of your crowns and implants, you can use either a manual or electric toothbrush, but make sure the bristles are soft and flexible. To clean the spaces between your teeth, the hard-to-reach areas surrounding your implants, and the crowns on your teeth, you can use a nylon-coated interdental brush or proxabrush. To avoid scratching the surface of your implants or crowns, use an interdental brush composed entirely of nylon and devoid of any metal wires. Always brush all of the tooth surfaces thoroughly, paying close attention to any crevices.
- Make use of Stimulators for your Gums.
With the growing use of dental implants and other regenerative procedures in the area, traditional rubber-tipped gum stimulators are regaining favor. Stimulators increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the area, strengthening the gum tissue while simultaneously increasing the oxygen input to the area as well. They also aid in massaging your gums which in turn reduces the inflammation and bleeding, if there is any.
- Water flossers and Oral Irrigators are better options for those with Dental Implants.
We strongly advise our patients to use an oral irrigator to assist lessen plaque accumulation around their implants. Studies have revealed that the Waterpik Water Flosser is the superior oral irrigator that has been successfully used in clinical trials to minimize plaque buildup and gingivitis while being safe and effective for use with dental implants. The WaterPik is equipped with specific tips that work particularly well with dental implants. All of our patients with implants receive our recommendation to use the Waterpik Water Flosser.
Call our office at (972) 423-6804 if you’re interested in learning more about dental implants and how they can enhance the health and attractiveness of your smile.