Dental implants need daily care and maintenance just like your natural teeth in order to have long term lasting success. Whether you had a single implant, all on 4 dental implants, or all on 6 dental implants, we recommend the following to keep your new teeth clean and plaque-free.
At Home Care
- Brush your teeth twice a day, giving attention to all sides of the implants
- Floss with a Proxabrush (interdental brush) at least twice a day
- Use a Waterpik at least twice a day, or after every meal, to dislodge food
- **Don’t miss any of your scheduled check-up or cleaning appointments
The doctors and dental assistants at Center for Implant Dentistry will thoroughly provide you with instructions and demonstrations on how to properly care for your teeth so you can enjoy your smile for a lifetime.
Don’t Miss Your Scheduled Check-Ups and Cleanings
You will have scheduled appointments for check-ups with Dr. Jain or Dr. Gupta every 2 months to do bite checks and check all components attached to the dental implants to ensure proper functioning. Annual x-rays may also be taken. Cleanings will be scheduled every 3-6 months with Dr. Sneha. She may give you recommendations to improve your at home care routine. If we notice any problems with your gum health or your dental implants, we may refer you back to our dental office for further treatment.
What happens if you don’t take care of your implants?
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants can develop problems without consistent daily care. The earliest sign of a problem may begin with bleeding, which is known as mucositis. If caught early, mucositis can be treated if caught early. However, if not taken care of, problems can progress to bone loss, also known as peri-implantitis. Bone loss is not reversible and can lead to removal of the implant if not treated in time. We don’t want this to happen to you, so we highly recommend taking the best care of your new teeth and coming to every appointment scheduled. We want you to enjoy your smile for years to come!