Dental implants are similar to natural teeth in that both require daily care. The ways that implants are cleaned and maintained, however, differ from natural teeth because implants are made of very different materials than teeth and the implants also attach to the gums and surrounding bone in a different way. While implants will never decay or need root canal treatment, it is of paramount importance that the health of the surrounding gum tissue is maintained.
A person with dental implants will need to use special, specific kinds of toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss in their daily oral hygiene practices. Additional supplies may include mouth rinses and disclosing tablets. Our staff will provide you with the necessary tools and training so that you can maintain your new smile for many years.
Perhaps most importantly, it is critical for a person with dental implants to make regular appointments for annual checkups and examinations that frequently include x-rays and professional cleaning. Any problems or signs of any changes in your oral status need to be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid any possible loss of the implant’s attachment to the bone.
South Jersey Periodontist Implant Maintenance
Proper types of instruments are also crucial in the professional cleaning and maintenance of dental implants. Instruments made of materials such as stainless steel can scratch or damage the surfaces of implants. Scratches on implants can lead to plaque or bacteria accumulation that may lead to an implant complication.
The Advanced Oral Specialty Group uses the appropriate instruments for the task of not only placing, but also maintaining our patient’s implants. After the initial placement, we help all our patients develop a long-term plan for caring for their implants at home as well as creating a schedule for regular dental care.
With more than 30 years of experience New Jersey’s, Dr. Alan Meltzer has delivered lectures worldwide on the subjects including periodontics, dental implant procedures, sinus and bone grafting as well as gum and bone regeneration techniques. Call (856) 772-9444 right now to schedule your own appointment for dental implants.