Having an implant fitted to fill out a gap filled smile and strengthen the remaining teeth is fairly commonplace, and the majority of dental practices offer this particular procedure. It’s a simple and straightforward treatment that can leave you with a natural looking and sturdy replacement for the tooth that was lost.
Making sure that you keep the implant clean afterwards is also incredibly easy, but sadly some patients can still struggle with this. So with that in mind, here are some tips on how you can take care properly of your St John’s Wood dental implants.
Lightly brush it
First of all, just lightly brushing the new tooth with a soft bristled manual brush is the easiest place to start. Rotate the head of the bristles in small gentle circles to clear out plaque and food particles that could become potential breeding grounds for bacteria.
Electric toothbrushes can be still be used in some cases, but make sure that the vibration setting is set as low as possible, as a very vigorous vibrating head of a brush could damage your gums or dislodge the implant.
Be gentle with dental floss
Although it may not seem like it, dental floss can still be used and is actively encouraged. There are a number of different types of floss out there with some being ideal for sensitive and tender gums. Specialised floss threaders are also a great choice, as they allow for more manoeuvrability with the floss in some of those difficult to reach areas of your mouth.
Also, as with brushing, try to be as gentle as you can when running floss around the new tooth, as it’s going to be tender for a little while.
Try water flossers
To reduce plaque build-up and ease off any inflammation of the gums, you could also try using a water flosser. These spray an antimicrobial liquid over the site, cooling it and also cleaning out plaque and bacteria that might be building up.
It’s generally advised that you avoid using mouthwash for a while as your gums heal. This because the chemicals that are present in some brands can irritate the implant site and slow the progress of your recovery.
Why it’s important to keep it clean
Keeping the implant site healthy and bacteria free is incredibly important, to make sure that the new tooth bonds properly to its new home. Failure to maintain the prosthetic properly can lead to the likes of peri implant mucositis setting in, which is an inflammation and infection of the gums. Once bacteria sets in it could then spread to the surrounding teeth and gums putting them at risk as well, so make sure you keep your teeth and gums healthy while you heal.
These are just a few ways in which you can keep your new implant clean and healthy as your gums heal after surgery. If you are still struggling to find a routine that works for you, or are unsure where to begin, then just have a chat with your dentist.