The long-term success of your dental implants is determined by the way you look after them. It is important to attend your regular dental check-ups and take care to keep good oral hygiene.
After the placement of your dental implants, it is advised that you follow the following protocols:
- Stay as upright as possible – even at night
- Avoid lying on the side that the implant was placed
- Follow the advice of your dentist when it comes to cleaning your teeth
- After anaesthetic use, do not drive for the first few hours and do not eat until it has worn off
- Avoid alcohol, nicotine, coffee, black tea and any physical exertion.
How to clean my dental implant
- Use a soft toothbrush to avoid damaging the tender areas or use an electric toothbrush
- Use interdental brushes or a water picker or flosser to clean the spaces between the teeth
- Use a mouthwash to kill bacteria and to reach those harder to reach areas of the mouth.
If you are unsure of the best way to clean your dental implant, speak to your dentist who will be able to provide you with an oral care plan.