What Is Recommended for Home Care and Maintenance?
Posted on November 1, 2014
The type of implant restoration will determine the type of home care that is recommended. For instance, a single implant-supported crown is cleaned just like a natural tooth, with regular brushing and flossing. On the other hand, implant-supported bridges, replacing a few teeth, are cleaned like tooth supported bridges, regular brushing and flossing with the use of a floss threader.
For people who are missing all of their teeth, home care is a little more complicated. Specially designed brushes and floss are often recommended. Patients with overdentures must clean the implant attachments, as well as the overdenture. Nonremovable, fixed implant-supported replacement teeth are cleaned like other bridges.
In all cases, patients should see their dentist and hygienist every six months. Patients should also see the surgical specialist once each year as well. Proper home care and regular visits for maintenance are essential for long-term success of dental implant treatment.