Caring for your newly-placed dental implant is necessary to ensure that it lasts for a long time. With proper care, a dental implant can last for decades without complications. After a dental implant placement, having a home care plan is necessary to ensure comfort and recovery. Practicing good oral hygiene habits will save you from future tooth pain and other issues. Here are some tips to keep in mind for maintaining your new dental implant.
1. Brush and floss regularly
It can go without saying that brushing and flossing are necessary for a healthy mouth. As with your normal teeth, a dental implant can be well maintained with these simple habits. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. Floss at least once a day, preferably after each meal. Taking preventative action against periodontal issues or tooth decay is the most effective way to have healthy teeth and gums.
2. Maintain healthy gums
When checking the site of your dental implant, you will want to be sure to check your gum area. Your gums should appear pink and firm, with no additional signs of infection. Healthy gums provide a natural seal to the dental implant area, preventing bad bacteria from entering and causing infection.
You can use a dental stimulator for better gum health. A rubber-tipped stimulator can be used to massage your gum tissue to stimulate blood flow. This aids in the recovery process and can dislodge food and other debris. Our dentists in Fairfax VA will work with you to prepare a home care plan for your individual dental implant treatment.
3. Choose a toothpaste and toothbrush
You can protect your dental implant from damage by choosing the right kind of toothpaste and toothbrush. Toothpastes with sodium fluoride, stain removers, or baking soda can potentially scratch the surface area of a dental implant. We also recommend choosing a soft-headed toothbrush, either manual or electric.
4. Schedule a follow-up appointment
After your dental implant has had a chance to begin the healing process, we highly recommend setting up a follow-up appointment with your dentist. When we have these appointments, we check to make sure the site of the dental implant is recovering without complications and inspect for possible signs of infection. During the appointment we will also make sure the dental implant is maintaining its position. If you have a concern or possible tooth pain that arises before this appointment, contact us as soon as possible to ensure treatment.
A properly cared for dental implant can last on average for 25 years. A proactive approach to home care is the best way to begin caring for new dental implant. Our team in Fairfax, VA will help you come up with a plan that best suits your individual needs.