Cleaning and Caring for Implant-supported Restorations
By Dr. Collier on September 30, 2019
Dental implants are considered by most dental professionals to be the most premium tooth loss treatment available. Dental implants are titanium screws that fuse with a patient’s jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots to provide superior support to a full range of dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Dental implants are the closest replica to the natural teeth, and are one of the most durable restorative dentistry treatments. Following treatment at the Southern Dental Implant Center, our experienced team of dentists teach our Cordova, TN patients the proper steps for cleaning and caring for implant-supported restorations. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. To support the long-term success of dental implants and their restorations, patients need to practice good oral hygiene habits.
Brush and Floss Regularly
One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is that they provide a strong and secure anchor for dental restorations. When restorations are attached to dental implants, they will not shift or fall out of place. This allows restorations to function just like the natural teeth, and also allows patients to clean and care for their implant-supported restorations just like the natural teeth.
Brushing and flossing are two of the most important oral hygiene habits for our Memphis dental implant patients. Even if all the natural teeth have been replaced, patients must continue to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. These oral hygiene habits will prevent bacteria and plaque from building up around dental restorations, where they can cause gum tissues to become infected.
Schedule Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings are another important habit to maintain after implant-supported restorations are in place. At these appointments, patients can receive a thorough dental cleaning. Professional dental cleanings eliminate built on tartar and plaque that do not go away with regular brushing and flossing.
At dental examinations, the gums and any remaining natural teeth can be examined for signs of decay or other dental complications. If oral health problems develop, it is important to treat them before dental implants become compromised. With preventative dental treatments, patients should be able to preserve good oral health and prolong the lifespan of their dental implants and the restorations they support.
Consider Oral Hygiene Aids
Many of our Cordova patients are surprised by how easy it is to care for implant-supported restorations. However, there are oral hygiene aids available to make dental care even easier. If patients are having trouble caring for their dental restorations for any reason, or if they are at high risk for gum disease or other dental complications, they may want to consider using oral hygiene aids, such as:
- Water flosser
- Inter-dental brushes
- Tongue scraper
- Antimicrobial mouth rinse
If you would like more information about dental implant treatment, or further tips for cleaning and caring for implant-supported restorations, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also call (901) 756-0078 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Southern Dental Implant Center.
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