How Do You Clean Dental Implants?

How Do You Clean Dental Implants?

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Why Is It Important To Clean Your Dental Implants

Whether you have a singular dental implant or you have implant-supported dentures like All-On-4 Dental Implants, it is important to maintain them. An extremely common misunderstanding people have about implants is that because they are not “real” they don’t need maintenance. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The gums and the tissues that support your dental implants are still living tissue that is susceptible to damage, infection, etc. Whether you have a single implant or a full arch of implants, you need to keep brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist to ensure that your teeth, gums, and supportive tissues are remaining healthy. 

If you live in the North Andover area and are interested in learning more about how we can help with full mouth reconstruction, All-On-4 Dental implants or other dental services, please contact our office.

What Type Of Toothbrush Should I Use For My All-On-4 Dental Implants?

A normal soft-bristled tooth brush is recommended for cleaning your dental implants. The toothbrush you use for your dental implants can be similar to the toothbrush you would use for your normal teeth. Whether you have All-on-4 Implants that have replaced all of your teeth, or you have one or two dental implants that have replaced single teeth, a normal soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste will suffice. It is important to keep up with your oral health even after getting implants because of how plaque, bacteria, and food can actually get stuck between the implants and the gum line. Gum disease and periodontal disease is a concern when it comes to patients who have received implants. These diseases can weaken the connection of your dental implant. 

Do I Need Any Special Equipment To Clean My dental Implants?

One recommendation a dentist might give you after you get All-on-4 dental implants is a water pick or water flosser. This can help clean around your All-On-4 dental implants. Other than that, the best way to take care of your All-on-4 Dental Implant is to treat them just like normal teeth. Brushing twice a day, and seeing your dentist every six months can help ensure that your dental implants and the gums surrounding them are staying healthy. A common misconception about dental implants, especially All-On-4 is that because they replaced your teeth you no longer need a dentist. Dentists actually track a lot more than just the health of teeth. They also track the health of your gums as well as the tissue that supports your dental implants. X-rays taken yearly can help make sure your implants are healthy. 

Do You Need To Floss Dental Implants?

Yes! Flossing between your dental implant and the surrounding teeth is vital to your oral health. Food particles and bacteria can get stuck between a dental implant and your gums as well as between a dental implant and the surrounding teeth. This can lead to infection, tooth decay to the surrounding healthy teeth, and other oral health issues. Left unchecked this can also weaken the supportive tissues that support your dental implant and lead to damage for your dental implant in the future. It is very important that you floss daily both your healthy natural teeth and around your dental implants. 

All-On-4 Dental Implant Specialists Of Massachusetts

Dr. Emma Wu is a leading All-On-4 dental implant provider in North Andover Massachusetts. She works with hundreds of patients a year to help with full-mouth dental implants, singular dental implants, smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and other cosmetic/restorative dental services. If you have questions about dental implants or are interested in learning more about dental implants, please contact our team: 

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