Dental implants are a permanent solution for your missing teeth. They look just like your natural teeth, so nobody else has to even know about it.
Dental implants are the only smile restoration that actively reverses the damage caused by missing teeth. They enhance your oral health by stimulating bone growth and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting around.
With dental implants, you can relax and enjoy a good meal like you used to. This does wonders for your self-esteem.
Choose Gentle Hygiene Products
Dental implants offer unmatched comfort and convenience. You never need to remove them for cleaning or any other reason. In fact, you care for your implants the same way you take care of your natural teeth — with regular brushing and flossing.
There’s one important thing to remember about implant care — be sure to always use gentle hygiene products with your dental implants. This is essential for two reasons. First, you don’t want to use any abrasive cleaners that could scratch either the titanium fixture or the porcelain crown. You also want to avoid irritating the soft tissue that surrounds your dental implants.
Your Guide for Implant Care
Dr. Kremer and our team have put together this handy guide to help you choose the ideal hygiene products for use with your implants.
Finding the Best Toothbrush–The most important thing to remember is that you want to find a toothbrush with either soft or extra soft bristles to avoid damaging the surface of your implant. Research demonstrates that both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective when used correctly. That means thoroughly brushing all available surfaces twice a day for a total of at least two minutes.
Finding the Best Toothpaste–All types of abrasive ingredients should be avoided when selecting your toothpaste. This includes whitening toothpaste and toothpaste for smokers. You should also avoid any of the following ingredients when shopping for toothpaste: stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, and baking soda.
Finding the Best Mouthwash–Antibacterial mouthwash is an effective part of your daily oral health regimen because it helps eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease. But you’ll want to avoid any mouthwash that contains tooth-whitening ingredients. You should also stay away from mouthwash that has alcohol because it causes dry mouth, a condition that inhibits your body’s natural ability to fight infection.
Finding the Best Interdental Cleaner–Dental floss is the most commonly used type of interdental cleaner for removing plaque and debris from in between your teeth. Nylon-coated floss is recommended for use with dental implants because it slides more easily between your teeth and it’s more gentle on the soft tissue. Many patients find interdental brushes to be effective for use with their implants. But make sure to find one that’s either plastic or plastic coated. Metal brushes can damage your implants.