Surgery is a challenging process to go through. For oral care, the aftermath of the operation can be painful as it can be challenging, when conducting the cleaning process. This latter point is especially true for aftercare when it pertains to dental implants.
Cleaning dental implants is a critical process. The way you treat your implant after going through the required surgery is a very delicate procedure. You’ll have to tend to the cleaning in varying aspects, while making sure you have the necessary supplies on hand.
By using the proper cleaning techniques employed, your implant will be in a near-pristine form at all times. If you are uncertain about where to start, here are the seven best ways on how to clean dental implants properly:
1. Getting the right dental cleaning tools
After you finished the dental implants procedure, you’ll usually be given a supply bag to help get you started with the aftercare process. Sooner or later, however, those limited resources will run out. You’ll need to restock well before they do, so that you can keep a consistent cleaning schedule.
For the most part, supplies such as floss, a low-abrasive toothpaste, and specific oral irrigators will be needed. You can find this equipment at your local department store, and most are inexpensive as well. Since you’ll be using these tools on a daily basis, it is vital to both keep them in working order and have them replenished when necessary!
2. Clean the dental implants immediately
When you first get your specific type of implant, the subsequent hours are critical in terms of cleaning. That is why it is vital to have the required supplies on hand, because you need to clean the dental implants on a timely basis. Use gauze packs on your teeth in order to prevent excessive bleeding.
After a full day has passed, rinse with salt twice daily, and brush your teeth very delicately. The more, intricate cleaning will take place after.
3. Cleaning a single implant
A single implant is one of three types of dental implants that will require cleaning in its own respective way. For starters, it is recommended that you brush twice daily, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush during the motion. Or, you can also opt to use an electric toothbrush, which may effectively remove more bacteria than manual brushstrokes.
Getting your hands on crown and bridge super floss is also recommended, as it is specifically made for cleaning around the dental implants. Floss after brushing, as the toothpaste residue that remains can be used to further clean the more challenging areas near the implant. You should take at least ten to fifteen minutes conducting this, especially if the implant is rather new.
4. All-on-four implant cleaning
The steps for cleaning an all-on-four implant are similar to cleaning a single dental implant, but it differs slightly. The same rules of brushing twice on a daily basis apply, with low-abrasive toothpaste and super floss being needed too. However, it is recommended that you swap out your toothbrush for a sulcus brush instead.
To begin with, this type of brush is about one-third the width of your standard toothbrush. A sulcus brush is pivotal for cleaning the area of the bridge that transitions to the soft tissue inside. This makes the overall all-on-four aftercare routine easier on the mouth!
5. Overdenture cleaning
If you have an overdenture, the cleaning routine varies the most when contrasted with single and all-on-four implants. For starters, you’ll have to remove the actual denture itself and soak it in your chosen cleaner. Next, brush the underside of the denture with a specific denture brush.
Rinse the denture as thoroughly as you can with water, before placing it back in your mouth. If O-rings and locator caps need replacement, due to being worn out, make sure to speak to your oral care hygienist. As is the case when you clean dental implants, be as gentle as you can be with the cleaning, especially when putting it back in your mouth!
6. Stop smoking
Your gums, especially after going through the requisite surgery, will become more sensitive. As such, daily habits that wear down the health of your gums will need to be cut out. If you are a habitual smoker, it is critical that you either cut down significantly, or quit altogether. Smoking contributes to the inflammation of your gums, making overall cleaning more difficult.
7. Deep cleaning
After you have become accustomed to the aftercare routine for your dental implant, it is vital to make regular trips to your oral care provider. They will provide you with deep cleaning during your checkup, since some areas can only be cleaned via their methods.
Deep cleaning also gives your hygienist a chance to inspect your implant, and ensure that it is in a good, working condition. Try to make regular appointments every four months, in order to maximize the health of your implant. It is a big investment, and should be treated with the utmost of care!