How to clean dental implants

Spain is one of the countries of the European Union along with Germany, France and Italy, where more dental implants are placed.

 

They are, therefore, a very common treatment because they offer an effective solution to the loss of a tooth.

 

If taken care of properly, a dental prosthesis can last a lifetime.

 

Therefore, it is important to know how to clean dental implants and take care of their hygiene, not only to extend their useful life, but to avoid possible oral problems.

 

Why do you have to resort to a dental implant?

In case of having lost a tooth, dental prostheses provide multiple benefits for patients and are placed in a painless intervention.

 

It should be stressed that, although the lack of a dental piece does not affect your day to day, it can compromise the rest of your mouth.

 

That is, a molar may be missing and that, apparently, does not adversely affect your chewing.

 

However, this thought is very far from reality.

 

An interproximal brush will more effectively remove food debris accumulated between the crown on implants and the rest of the teeth

 

Apart from the aesthetic deterioration that the smile can suffer, the gaps cause the rest of the teeth to move.

 

In addition, the teeth do not correctly distribute the masticatory loads of the oral cavity, causing tooth wear.

 

Therefore, it is not necessary to procrastinate the placement of dental implants and go to a dental clinic as soon as possible to recover the full functionality of the mouth.

 

The importance of taking care of your implants

An implant works exactly like a natural tooth, moreover, once the patient has passed the postoperative recovery time and has healed correctly, he even forgets that he is wearing it.

 

Although these are artificial prostheses, it is necessary to take care of the implant as if it were a real tooth.

 

Obviously, the implant cannot have cavities, but it is advisable to always keep in mind that it rests on the remaining tooth.

As technology in dentistry thrives, implantologists increasingly have advanced techniques that facilitate implant placement, such as guided surgery.

 

Thanks to these improvements, the success rate of the prostheses is very high - 97.5% -, so it is a treatment that should not cause problems if the patient follows the proper care and instructions of his dentist.

 

To avoid complications, it is advisable to maintain careful oral hygiene, taking special care with the artificial crown.

 

How to clean dental implants?

Now that you know the importance of keeping implants careful, let's focus on what is the most recommended technique to keep them clean.

 

It is possible that people with prostheses notice how food debris tends to accumulate more easily between crowns on implants.

 

The reason that this happens is that, after the loss of the original tooth, the gum tends to contract and there is a small concavity between the crown and the periodontal tissue.

 

Hence, implant hygiene is so important.

 

It is essential to brush this area thoroughly and ensure the removal of all food debris.

 

For this, there are specific tools that will help us maintain hygiene in the oral cavity much better than if we simply use dental floss and mouthwash.

 

Interproximal brushes

Interproximal brushes, also called interdental, are much smaller than conventional ones and is an ideal complement to oral hygiene.

 

Interproximal brush

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INTERPROXIMAL BRUSH

Its cylindrical head manages to eliminate plaque and food debris accumulated between dental pieces.

 

In addition, depending on how the interdental space of our dental pieces is, we can opt for a brush of different size.

 

Oral irrigator

Another of the auxiliary oral cleaning elements is the oral irrigator, a hygiene instrument that has a pressurized water system for washing the mouth.

 

It is especially useful for effectively removing food debris in hard-to-reach areas, such as periodontal pockets, but also to clean the edge of the gum and leave it free of bacteria.

 

The pressure of the water leaving the irrigator can be easily regulated and there are many commercial brands available to the patient, although Waterpik is the most popular.

 

Clean implants with Waterpik

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DENTAL IRRIGATOR

Consequences of the lack of dental hygiene for your implants

As we have said, implants do not have to present problems if the patient hears the instructions of the implantologist and takes care of his hygiene and habits.

 

However, the person with implants can suffer a series of inconveniences that are directly related to their habits and lifestyle.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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