After dental implants have successfully integrated with the bone, you are confidently guaranteed a long-term psychological comfort and a perfect smile that can help you boost your self-confidence. However, not only a dental specialist is responsible for the outcome of the procedure. The patient is responsible for dental implant care in the postoperative period and the whole period of their service life. Much depends on the effective dental care.
In fact, improper implant care can cause many problems. Not only implants are at risk of peri-implantitis, but healthy teeth and oral cavity with improper care have the risk of developing infectious and inflammatory processes. Dental implant care is a simple procedure that doctors began to train on the first appointment. After surgery you dentist will give you dietary and lifestyle recommendations and tell you about habits, which can harm dental implants, and rules of proper care, which ensure their long service life.
Your dentist will convince you that it is not difficult to clean your implants properly, but the approach to this process should be complex. Dental implants require extra care only during the implant healing process and bone’s responses to dental prostheses in terms of osseointegration. This adaptation period takes only the first two weeks.
What basic skills are needed to properly clean implants? What dental accessories are needed for cleaning dental implants? It is important to carry out daily oral hygiene, i.e. to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, to prevent the formation of dental plaque, to use a soft toothbrush, floss, mouthwash and oral irrigators, to undergo professional dental cleaning at least twice a year.
The brush helps to clean all protruding portions of implants and superstructures, the lower portion of the implant and surrounding soft tissue. Toothbrushes, either traditional or electric, should have soft bristles. Beam and interproximal toothbrushes are used to clean interdental spaces as well. As we have known proper brushing tips since our childhood, the dentist simply tests our skills and reminds us that the implant surface adjacent to the gum should be cleaned more carefully.
Special dental floss for cleaning implants or super-floss has stiffer ends and it is considerably wider then regular floss. Super-floss easily removes plaque without damaging gums . Do not forget to put on a bit of toothpaste on it. This makes super-floss more gentle and prevents microscopic damage to the implant surface. Be attentive to your dentist’s recommendations about flossing your teeth and implants .
The specialists of the company Bio3 Implants advice us to use mouthwash and oral irrigators for performing oral rehabilitation and cleaning either implants or teeth, that combined with the dental professional supervision increases their service life.