How do I care for my implants?
How you care for your implant will have a lot to do with which type of restoration it is holding in place.
If your implant is replacing a single tooth, caring for it will be just about as simple as caring for your own teeth. Even though the implant itself won’t develop cavities, it can still build up plaque, which can damage neighboring teeth or irritate your gumline and contribute to periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing the implant with the rest of your teeth will help keep the implant clean and healthy.
If your implant is restored with a dental bridge, you will brush and floss it according to Dr. Rahm’s instructions. You will need to make sure to clean between the gums and the pontic with floss to prevent food from becoming trapped beneath. We are happy to show you techniques for proper bridge care.
If you are restoring implants with dentures, you will care for them similarly to traditional dentures. Every day, you’ll want to remove them for cleaning with a brush and paste designed for dentures, and then you should soak them overnight. Once you’ve removed the denture, you’ll want to clean around the implant abutments with a single-tuft toothbrush to prevent plaque buildup and keep the gum tissue healthy.
Dr. Rahm will review proper implant care with you, and we are always here in case you have any questions.