How will I care for my dental implants?

Your new implant teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing is just as important for your implants as it is for your other teeth. We recommend all patients with implants maintain their regular dental cleaning intervals with the maximum length between cleanings to be 6 months.  Anti-bacterial mouth rinses that are alcohol-free, such as BreathRx, are highly recommended.  
The best way to care for your dental implant is to have regular professional care and good daily home care. Professional care includes regular cleanings and exams with your dental hygienist and dentist. On the home care side, both manual and power toothbrushes are safe to use on your implant. Another safe and effective tool is a water flosser. It has been shown to be highly effective for reducing bleeding and gingivitis around implants. 

Dental implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. It's a good idea to discuss implant treatment carefully with your dental team. Regular dental visits are key to the long-term success of your implant. Some patients need professional cleanings two to four times per year. Your dentist will set up a program to ensure the health of your implant and your natural teeth.

Your dentist will also suggest a home-care routine to suit your needs. It will include brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. You may also be advised to use a special toothbrush or a mouth rinse to help prevent cavities and gum disease.

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