Care for Dental Implants
Dentist | Long Island Family & Cosmetic Dentist
How to Care for your Dental Implants?
Immediately following the procedure
With good care your dental implants can last a lifetime, but should last a minimum of 10 years. Your teeth and gums will be sensitive and possibly inflamed after you first get your implants so be careful about brushing your implants for the first couple of days following the procedure; however, using a special mouth wash (Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash) is a must. Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouthwash is a germicidal mouthwash that reduces bacteria in the mouth. This powerful mouthwash helps reduce the risk of post operative infection for patients with implants. The American Dental Association suggests a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup, in addition to any pain medication that your dental implants dentist prescribes.
Continuing care of your dental implants
After initial soreness is alleviated you can care for you dental implants as if they were your normal teeth. Be sure to brush at least twice daily, floss regularly. Additionally, use the special mouth wash, and schedule dental checkups twice a year.
Caring for your abutments
If the final dental crowns have not been implanted, the abutments need special care. A small toothbrush should be used to clean behind the abutments, and floss back to front.
Dental Implants are a great alternative to traditional treatments for missing teeth and related oral disorders that just about everyone is eligible for. They are permanent long lasting solutions that look and feel just like your normal teeth.
Make your appointment to visit Stewart Brody, DDS today to find out if dental implants are the right option for you.