Dental Implant Maintenance How to Keep Your Implants Healthy Advised at Galleria OMS Center by Dr Alexander V. Antipov at Roseville, CA How to Keep Your Implants Healthy?

Proper maintenance and care are crucial to ensure the longevity and success of your dental implants. Here are some important tips on how to keep your dental implants healthy:

  1. Follow good oral hygiene practices: Just like natural teeth, dental implants require regular brushing and flossing to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth and implant restoration, and floss carefully around the implant to clean between the teeth and gums.

  2. Quit smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of implant failure and complications. If you smoke, quitting is highly recommended to improve the long-term success of your dental implants.

  3. Avoid chewing on hard objects: Dental implants are strong, but they can still be damaged by excessive force. Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice, pens, or popcorn kernels, to prevent damage to your implants and restorations.

  4. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential for maintaining the health of your dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate the condition of your implants, perform any necessary adjustments, and monitor your oral health to detect any potential issues early.

  5. Be mindful of your diet: A healthy diet can promote the health of your dental implants. Avoid excessive sugar consumption and opt for a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

  6. Wear a nightguard if needed: If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, wearing a nightguard can protect your dental implants from excessive forces and prevent damage to your restorations.

  7. Report any issues promptly: If you experience any pain, discomfort, swelling, or changes in the appearance or function of your dental implants, it's important to report them to your dentist promptly. Early detection and treatment of any issues can help prevent further complications.

  8. Use antimicrobial mouthwash: Your dentist may recommend using an antimicrobial mouthwash to help control bacteria in your mouth and prevent gum disease around your dental implants.

  9. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption can affect your oral health, including the health of your dental implants. Limit your alcohol intake to promote the overall health of your mouth and implants.

  10. Consider a water flosser: Water flossers can be a useful tool for cleaning around dental implants, as they can reach areas that may be difficult to clean with traditional floss. Talk to your dentist about whether a water flosser is suitable for you.

By following these tips and maintaining good oral hygiene practices, you can help ensure the health and longevity of your dental implants. Remember to consult with your dentist regularly for professional care and guidance specific to your oral health needs.