Caring for Your Dental Implants
Properly caring for your dental implants is essential to protecting your investment and your oral health. Without ongoing maintenance, bacteria can accumulate below the gum line. This can lead to reduced support for the implant posts and can eventually cause failure. To help you prevent unnecessary complications, Dr. Brian Polidori can instruct you in caring for dental implants. This includes undergoing exams at least twice each year at his practice in Lakewood, CO. At Colorado Premier Dental, you can rest assured that you are receiving high-quality, personalized care to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Why is Dental Implant Maintenance Important?
While the titanium material used for your implant post is not susceptible to decay, it is important to care for your dental implants in order to prevent dental implant failure and protect the tissues that support these devices.
What You Can Do at Home
Caring for your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Keeping your crowns, bridges, or dentures clean is crucial. Following daily hygiene best practices including brushing twice and flossing at least once each day can help you prevent plaque from building up. If you have replaced an entire row of teeth with an implant-supported denture, it is important to floss between the gumline and the denture to remove any harmful bacteria that may have collected. We may also recommend that you use:
- Antimicrobial mouth rinse, which can destroy bacteria and control plaque
- Disclosing tablets, which are chewables that visibly indicate plaque accumulation
- Inter-dental brushes to thoroughly remove plaque
Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have at any time in order to help you maintain your dental implants.
Attend Bi-Annual Cleanings & Exams
While you may follow a strict oral hygiene regimen each day at home, it is still essential to visit our office at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam. During your appointment, we will:
- Measure the gums around your implant posts
- Thoroughly clean along the gumline
- Evaluate your implants for any signs of complications
- Check your bite alignment
- Assess the stability of your implants
- Examine abutments and restorations for issues
We can also provide recommendations to improve your dental hygiene practices as needed. If there are any issues with your oral health, implants, or restoration, Dr. Polidori can also help you create a treatment plan. We offer a broad range of dental procedures including periodontal care and oral surgery to restore your oral health.
Properly caring for your dental implants is essential to protecting your investment and your oral health.
Trusted Implant Care
With our assistance, caring for your dental implants can be easy. We have helped many patients improve their quality of life with long-lasting dental implants. Contact us online or call us at (303) 935-3465 to learn more about caring for your dental implants.