How To Keep Your Dental Implants Clean and Healthy

Taking care of your dental implants after they are placed is a vital component of maintaining optimum oral health. Biofilm and plaque bacteria are present in your mouth whether you have all your natural teeth, a mix of implants and natural teeth, or have full replacement with All-on-4 implants. At Harrell Dental Implant Center, we want every patient to understand proper mouth care to keep their smile healthy and brilliant.

The following article explains how patients with implants are at similar risk for oral disease as those with natural teeth. This means both groups must be diligent with their mouthcare.

The importance of plaque removal for the prevention of dental and systemic diseases has been well-documented in the literature. Dental hygiene maintenance programs tailored to the specific patient have become an important aspect of dental care, with approximately 50% of the adult population suffering from periodontal disease and the known increase in the prevalence of peri-implant disease. (1)

Disease progression from gingivitis to Periodontitis around natural teeth is very similar to the progression of peri-implant disease from peri-implant mucositis to peri-implantitis, since the etiologic pathogenic bacteria are the same. (2,3)

In addition, studies show a similar inflammatory cascade initiated during the disease process of both teeth and dental implants. Similar to Periodontitis, peri-implant disease is multifactorial and influenced greatly by individual patient factors. (4) One of the biggest determinants of disease progression is adherence to a proper home-care dental hygiene regimen. (3)

Interdental Brushes Make a Huge Difference

Dr. Robert Harrell believes in educating his patients to become active participants in their own oral health care. This means arming them with good information and recommending the right tools to get the job done. One handy weapon in the battle for a healthy smile is the interdental brush, which helps clean between teeth and in the crevices where problems begin. Protecting your teeth and gums from bacteria is essential for creating a healthy, happy smile that will last.

Here’s some good info about the benefits of cleaning with an interdental brush:

Interdental brushes serve as an alternative to flossing, can be used daily, and — as suggested by a number of studies — can be more effective for interproximal plaque removal than floss. Interdental brushes with plastic-coated wires, depending on their size and shape, can be effective tools for reducing interproximal plaque (figure 1). (5) Other considerations for recommending interdental brushes include an individual’s manual dexterity, how easy the product is to use, and the patient’s motivational level.

Make your implants last

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.

Cleaning different types of implants

There are various types of implants which may need different home care. TePe offers a range of products to make cleaning easier. Your dental professional will help you choose the products to suit your particular needs. TePe Compact Tuft is a single tufted brush, ideal for cleaning the critical area where implants meet the gums, and around attachments for overdentures. See more at TePe

Maintain Regular Dental Cleaning and Check Up Appointments

Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is still recommended with dental implants. It’s vital that your teeth (natural or implants), gums and the tissues along your tongue and jaw are inspected and cleaned to remove any plaque and tartar build up. If problems are developing, maintaining regular dental appointments will allow them to be caught early before significant damage is done to your smile.

If you have missing or damaged teeth and are ready to have the smile you deserve, call Harrell dental implant center and schedule your free consultation appointment. Discuss the procedure options and get answers to your questions or concerns. We will be happy to show you how dental implants are your best option.

Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page 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.