Dental implants are becoming extremely common these days. Getting a dental implant is not as easy as it looks. It’s a surgery which requires time and a lot of care after it’s done. After getting a dental implant, there are certain dos and don’ts that we are going to discuss in this article.
Cleaning Dental Implants at Home
This is the simplest and the easiest way of making sure that your implants are healthy and last longer. Cleaning at home is very important after the surgery as the implants are relatively new. But the most important question that arises is how do we clean implants at home? Basically, it’s nothing different than cleaning your teeth. Simply Brush, Floss and use non-alcoholic mouth wash to rinse and make sure to perform this cycle every day. Although cleaning the implants at home is pretty similar to cleaning your teeth, but implants are never the less artificial teeth which means that tiny food particles and bacteria can get stuck around the areas which cannot be reached thus leading to the formation of plaque which if not treated on time can turn into a nasty infection. To help prevent the formation of plaque and infections, the following instruments can be used.
Using any kind of toothbrushes is fine until the brush is soft-bristled. There is no difference when using sonic, electric, and manual or any other type of brushes, so using any of these according to your comfort level is fine.
Choosing from so many different types of floss can be a difficult task, but renowned dentists like Dr.Matt Laurich and Dr. Dennis Laurich recommend using unwaxed tape or floss specifically for implants, ensuring that the surrounding tissue is best protected. But it is better to check in with your local dentist about what floss suits your implant the most.
Oral Irrigators: We at Laurich Dentistry highly recommend all our patients to use oral irrigators, also known as water flossers as they can really help in reducing plaque and inflammation. The best water flossers are the ones with a non-metal tip. They produce the best results when used with a non-alcoholic antimicrobial rinse.
Stimulators: Stimulators encourage healthy gum tissues, which can be crucial in maintaining a dental implant. The stimulators which have a rubber-tip are highly recommended as they are gentle on the gums.
Professional Dental Implant Cleaning
We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about taking care of dental implants. Dr. Green says that professional cleanings are just as important as at-home cleanings. Dr. Green explains that there are some areas in the implants that cannot be cleaned at home hence a professional will thoroughly clean the threads of the implant, surrounding tissue, and your natural teeth which will help in keeping away bacteria thus reducing the chances of an infection. It is also good for the dentist to check the overall condition and alignment of the implant. If you are looking for much thorough cleaning of the implants, then your hygienist will probably incorporate scaling a method which cleans much deeper than the surface of the tooth. A lot of cases of the implants that we see are of people that do not know how to maintain and clean dental implants properly. If not cleaned properly, dental implants can start bleeding; hence, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by your Laurich dentist carefully.
Dental Implant Care 48 hours after placement
The first 48 hours after the surgery are the most important as this is the time when the symptoms are most pronounced. It’s important to keep firm but gentle pressure on the gauze packs after the first hour after surgery to keep them in place.
Make sure not to change out the gauze until after the first hour. If you have bleeding that doesn’t stop, but the new gauze in place for 30 minutes and then switch it out. Do this every 30 to 45 minutes.
Few common symptoms that you’ll see on the first 48 hours are:
- Persistent Bleeding
To help your recovery go smoothly, follow these tips:
- Don’t disturb the surgical areas
- Brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrush
- After the first 24 hours rinse with salt water 2-3 times a day.
- Rest and apply ice if needed.