Caring for your dental implants
June 18, 2024
Discover the key to ensuring the longevity of your dental implants! Learn how proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits can prevent inflammation and bone loss around your implants. Click to read more on effective dental implant care.


Ina Alberts

Taking care of your dental implants is as easy as practicing good oral health!

The gum around dental implants can become inflamed (peri-implant mucositis) just like gum around a natural tooth (gingivitis).  This inflammation, however, spreads quicker around an implant than around a natural tooth and can then lead to bone loss (peri-implantitis) or subsequent implant loss.  These complications can be avoided by practicing good oral hygiene & attending regular hygiene visits at your dental hygienist.

Dental implants need special care to ensure their longevity & success.  Just like a natural tooth an implant needs to be properly cleaned in order to keep the surrounding tissues healthy.  This entails brushing the area twice a day and flossing at least once a day.   Your floss technique is important to ensure the area is properly cleaned, so let your hygienist guide you on the best floss, interdental brushes or aids to use for your implant(s).

Screw-retained implant prostheses can be removed by your dental professional for routine cleanings around the dental implant(s).  Removal of an implant prosthesis provides better access to the implant itself, making cleaning around it easier and more effective.  Routine x-rays of implants are also recommended to evaluate bone levels and implant health.  Early intervention in the case of implant complications is important to ensure implant health and prevent implant loss.


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Dental Implant Health

Dental Implant Health

Once a tooth is replaced with a dental implant, special care should be taken to make sure that you keep the implant clean and ensure optimal health. In this article, we talk about how to take care of your dental implants and what the risk factors for complications are.