Dental implants become available to more patients every day. This revolutionary treatment provides natural-looking tooth replacements to restore the gaps in your smile caused by missing or damaged teeth.
While these replacement teeth are durable, we recommend following specific oral care guidelines to get the most out of the treatment.
Proper care for your dental implants is vital for maintaining good oral health. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing after you eat, and visiting Dr. Troutman routinely will help your implants last for many years.
Tips to consider:
Dental implants are generally the most recommended tooth replacement option for reasons besides their aesthetic appeal, such as their natural-feel, their durability, and their ability to stimulate healthy jawbone growth. As long as you follow Dr. Troutman’s care instructions, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
One of the most significant benefits that dental implants offer is their simple care regimen. Dental implants require zero extra maintenance compared to your natural teeth. As long as you’re brushing and flossing properly, your tooth replacement will last you a very long time.
There is one difference in caring for natural teeth and dental implants, however. We recommend choosing soft, non-abrasive hygiene products. If you don’t, you run the risk of scratching the porcelain crown or titanium fixture or irritating the soft gum tissue around the implant.
As you stand in the dental care aisle at the store, you may notice that there are many different types of products. In regards to a toothbrush, you want to find one that has soft or extra soft bristles. The softer bristles will decrease your chance of scratching either part of the implant.
After you’ve secured your soft bristle toothbrush, now you need some toothpaste. The important thing to remember here is that some brands of toothpaste contain abrasive ingredients. It would help if you avoided all whitening toothpaste as well as any that contain baking soda to protect your dental implant and the tissue surrounding it. Continuously using toothpaste with baking soda in it can damage your enamel.
Antibacterial mouthwash can significantly decrease your chance of developing gum disease. We recommend avoiding whitening mouthwash and mouthwash that has alcohol in it. Teeth-whitening mouthwash contains abrasive ingredients that can scratch and damage your implant. Mouthwash with alcohol in it can cause dry mouth—Saliva acts as the first line of defense when fighting off dangerous bacteria.
Our final oral hygiene product to consider is dental floss. Flossing is a crucial aspect of maintaining positive oral health. It removes plaque and debris from hard-to-reach spots that your toothbrush can’t get. When flossing with dental implants, it’s important to remember to use nylon-coated floss because it’s meant to glide gently against your gum tissue. It should be noted that there are a few companies that sell floss specifically for use with dental implants.
Dr. Kenneth Troutman
202 E 17th St.
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Tuesday: 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 7AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM – 4PM