Today many teeth with poor prognosis are extracted and replaced with dental implants. It has become the treatment of choice for replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth or even serve as attachment for an entire arch when used in combination with a prosthesis (denture). While an asset to dentistry, no dental replacement matches your natural dentition exactly in anatomy and care. Once placed, there are considerations in properly cleaning your implant(s) one should be aware of for a long term successful outcome.
First of all, an appropriate toothpaste should be selected. It should be a low-abrasive paste in order to avoid scratching any exposed surfaces. Toothpastes containing baking soda, stain removers and those advertised as “tarter control” or “whitening” are generally the most abrasive and therefore should be avoided. Your implant should be brushed twice daily, same as the rest of your teeth.
Furthermore, your implant should be flossed at least once daily. You may notice more food impaction than between your natural teeth. This is due to the anatomy of the implant being different than the anatomy of your natural dentition and considered normal. If food impaction is a large problem for you, let your dentist know as in some cases the anatomy can be adjusted to deter impaction. In some cases, an inter-dental brush or soft pick may be more effective than floss. Ask your dental hygienist what they recommend.
Finally, in individual cases where inflammation is diagnosed, a prescription anti-microbial rinse may be recommended for use as an adjunct to your homecare routine. This rinse is placed into a syringe and irrigated around the implant every other day. Your SoundBridge dental hygienist will inform you if this procedure is necessary.