Q&A: Caring For Dental Implants

dentalimplantpinkWhen you begin thinking about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you – like most patients – will probably find that you have a heaping list of questions that continues to grow. The good news is that we can easily provide you with answers to your diverse set of questions. Rest assured, we are glad when patients invest a lot of thought when it comes to making life-changing decisions to protect their smiles. A common theme among individuals considering implants? Concerns about care. Allow us to answer your inquiries about maintaining future implants, so you can quickly discover that care is essential yet quite easy.

Questions and Answers: Dental Implant Care

Question: Why do I need to take care of my dental implants and restorations if they are made of artificial material?

Answer: Your dental implant post rests within living tissue – your jaw tissue and gum tissue. By neglecting your implant and crown, you neglect to remove plaque, which is filled with bacteria. Poor care may result in the development of an infection called peri-implantitis, potentially leading to implant failure.

Question: Will I need to purchase special products to clean my dental implants? Can I continue using my usual toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss?

Answer: No, you will not need to purchase special products. You may continue to use a soft-bristle toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste, and your favorite dental floss – these are all products suggested for maintaining both natural teeth and dental prosthetics.

Question: What’s the best approach for keeping my entire smile healthy, including my implants and restorations?

Answer: Just like we recommend for a smile full of only natural teeth, we suggest implant wearers brush their smiles twice a day, preferably in the morning and again before bed. You should also floss your smile once daily – we will provide suggestions for easy flossing around implants.