When dental implants first appeared on the oral health landscape, they were used to replace a single lost tooth. Over the course of the last two decades, implant technology and techniques have greatly advanced to be able to mount a bridge or even help anchor custom dentures for a secure fit.
Your implant is a serious investment in restoring the full function to your mouth. Effectively including the implant in your oral hygiene routine, insures that it will last for many years to come.
Just like any other tooth in your mouth food particles and plaque can build up on your implant. In time this can harden into tartar, which is one of the main causes of gum disease. Left unchecked gum disease can cause the gums to recede from the crown exposing the base of the titanium abutment. When this happens bacteria can cause a loss of bone material anchoring the abutment.
Brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush twice per day followed by flossing between the teeth and along the gum line, will remove most food particles and plaque. Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash will also help kill bacteria and wash away any residual food particles.
Unfortunately even the best oral hygiene routine, can leave a little tartar buildup on your teeth. Tartar build up can only effectively be removed by the professional techniques and equipment your dentist uses at your regular checkup.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 208-785-3310 to schedule an appointment.