Your new smile has the potential to last a lifetime if you take adequate care. Thankfully, there are a multitude of great tools available at your local drug store that can help you get the most from your dental implants. Regardless, if you have a single dental implant, a dental implant bridge or All-on-4 complete arch, it is vital that you brush, floss, swish and receive regular oral health checkups to maximize your smile. Interdental brushes for instance can revolutionize the fresh, clean feeling in between your teeth. Portable and easy to use, these are the perfect addition to your oral hygiene routine. Learn more about the best ways to keep your teeth clean:
Care for your dental implants just as well as you would care for your natural teeth. Thorough oral hygiene is necessary to prevent diseases around the implants. With proper home care and regular professional maintenance, you can keep your new teeth throughout life. See more at TePe
Let’s Discuss Oral Health Consequences
The team at Harrell Dental Implant Center hopes that every client will take a proactive approach when it comes to maintaining their dental implants. For many, dental implant therapy provides a kind of “second chance for your smile.” If you are receiving dental implants due to previous poor oral hygiene, it is especially vital to learn from the past and stay proactive this time around. Preventing infection of any kind within your mouth is key.
As with natural teeth, the goal of oral hygiene is to prevent infection. If the mucosal tissue is infected around the implant, the diagnosis is peri-implant mucositis, or simply mucositis. This is similar to gingivitis in that the clinical signs are the same: redness, edema, and bleeding, but no sign of bone resorption.1 If there is loss of supporting bone, this is referred to as peri-implantitis.2 Mucositis occurs in approximately 80% of subjects (50% of sites), and peri-implantitis occurs in between 28% and 56% (12% to 40% of sites).3
A number of questions can be asked in regard to the high incidence of infection:
• Is the patient adhering to the maintenance schedule and home-care regimen?
• Was there a comprehensive treatment plan that addressed risk and contraindications?
• Was the prosthetic replacement too difficult to clean or poorly designed?
• Was the patient provided the tools for success? See more at Dental Aegis
Are You Maintaining a Proper Dental Checkup Schedule?
It can be easy to lose track of time and carry on with our busy lives. Unfortunately, many people do not discover they have an issue with their dental implants until they experience discomfort, pain or bleeding. It is easy to avoid the uncomfortable…simply stay on top of your regular dental checkups! Discover more ways to avoid preventable issues below.
Daily Care and Cleaning
Just as normal teeth need proper cleaning, dental implants need their share of cleaning. Dental implants sometimes need more attention because a dental biofilm can develop on it. Dental biofilm is a yellowish plaque of disease causing bacteria which accumulate on the surface and can be very dangerous for implants. Regular brushing twice daily with a soft and non-abrasive brush whether sonic, electric or manual is a good way to keep your implants clean. A Nylon made interdental brush is also very effective in cleaning around hard to reach implant areas. These brushes can also be used with anti-bacterial dental gel. Special type of implant floss is also beneficial for preserving healthy implants.
You can actually buy extra tools and implements for your implants after having a consultation with your dental hygienist. There are some great products available to clean implants.
- Interdental brushes: Interdental brushes come in different sizes and you have to use one that fits you by consulting your dentist. These brushes are very small and help to clean the sensitive areas between the implants.
- Outside and Inside Implant Brushes: Outside implant brushes are easy to use and clean your implants efficiently. You just simply brush the narrow brush along the gum line and clean your implants from the outside. Inside Implant brushes are angled and help to clean the inside sensitive area of the implant.
- Implant Floss and Round Brushes: Round implant brushes help to clean the area where the gums meet the implant. A special kind of implant floss helps to clean around implants and under bridges.
- Oral Irrigators: Oral irrigators are a very good investment. Used once or twice daily with a non-alcoholic rinse formula, they can eliminate plaque and biofilm permanently from your implants. See more at Bello Dentals
To learn more about dental implants, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Harrell. Harrell Dental Implant Center is the Charlotte area leader for dental implant procedures of all varieties. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.