How to Care for your Dental Implants
Now that you’ve taken the steps needed to get dental implants, and you are enjoying the substantial benefits that they offer, you will want to be sure you know how to best care for your dental implants. Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY are experts in implant dentistry and offer these tips for ensuring you get the best results from your dental implants:
Don’t use regular brushing and flossing until the wounds have healed – After the surgical placement of the implant, you cannot use the typical brushing and flossing. Instead, care for your dental implants by using an antibacterial rinse or gel. Within only a few days of surgery, you can then begin using softer brushing to clean the area.
Optimize plaque and bacterial removal – While your natural teeth are flossed and brushed regular to prevent decay and gum disease, your dental implants benefit from similar care. You need to be sure that the tissue around and between implants and teeth is flossed in the same way that you floss between normal teeth. This promotes overall gum health and keeps bacteria to the lowest possible levels. Brushing is important, and you may want to purchase an “interdental” brush that gets into the tiny spaces between teeth because it is so important to clean the spaces nearest the implant.
Daily rinsing helps – If you used an antibacterial rinse or mouthwash prior to implants, as your dentist in Staten Island we recommend you continue. We can suggest gels and rinses that work best for those who have natural teeth and implants.
A key step in care for your dental implants involves new habits – Were you a smoker before your implants? If so, you should stop this habit now. It is one of the main reasons for implant complications and it can cause problems with the oral soft tissue in the future. If you are someone who drinks red wine, coffee or tea, remember that these will stain the natural teeth but not the crowns on top of the implants. You may want to curtail these habits or make regular whitening treatments part of your regular routine.
Upkeep – It is up to you to visit us and get those implants inspected. We suggest a checkup once every three to six months to be sure that everything is healthy, clean and free of trouble.
If you have additional questions about care for your dental implants, or you have questions about other treatments available, give us a call at our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.