Why is caring for dental implants important?

Caring for your dental implants is important to avoid bone loss and better protect your implants.

Cleaning dental implants is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. By properly caring for your dental implants, you remove harmful bacteria from gathering on them. This helps prevent bone loss to keep your implants healthy and sound over te years.

But why is it important to clean dental implants? After all, dental implants are metal-based foreign objects which means that they don’t develop cavities the way natural teeth do. The reason it’s important to clean dental implants is to prevent bone loss. If you don’t clean your implants properly, you gradually lose the supporting bone. Excessive bone loss is detrimental to your implant health and causes them to become loose and fail.

How do I clean my dental implants?

Cleaning your dental implants is similar to cleaning your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss them like you would clean any other tooth in your mouth. You may have noticed that cleaning dental implants is a bit harder than cleaning natural teeth. This is due to the natural bone loss which occurs surrounding all dental implants. If you’re having difficulties cleaning your implants, we typically advise our patients to use a Waterpik. Of course, if you continue to have trouble cleaning them, you should see your implant dentist.

How do I clean my all-on-4 teeth?

Using a a Waterpik is a very effective way of cleaning your all-on-four teeth.

All-on-four teeth is a set of porcelain or zirconia teeth supported by four dental implants. Patients with all-on-four teeth have no natural teeth left. While brushing and flossing all-on-four teeth may not seem as important, you must continue to brush your gums to stimulate blood flow. Also, brushing helps keep your porcelain teeth clean. Try using a Waterpik in place of dental floss. Waterpik helps dislodge food particles trapped underneath your porcelain bridge and is very effective for cleaning all-on-four teeth.

If you have questions about your all-on-four teeth, give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or book online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review your hygiene routine to make sure you are properly caring for your teeth. We will recommendations as needed and help you keep your all-on-four teeth healthy and sound!

How do I clean implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are easy to clean because the denture is removable. Be sure to clean your dentures daily by using a soft toothbrush with liquid soap. You can also use denture cleaning solutions to soak your dentures in and remove calcified deposits. Be careful with the denture housings, these are the colorful circles which lock onto your dental implants. Don’t clean this area too rigorously or you could damage the denture housings.

To learn more about how to properly clean and care for your overdentures, call (949) 481-2540 or book you appointment online today. Keep in mind, loose overdentures place unwanted pressure onto the supporting dental implants. This undesirable pressure could damage the implants over time. Luckily, tightening your overdentures is a simple process, typically only requiring replacement of the O-rings.