Proper Oral Hygiene Care After Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant procedure is a complicated, multi-phased process; it requires the responsible approach of the doctor performing the surgery and the patient.

To prevent or reduce the risk of complications after the dental implant, or to prevent the rejection of dental implant, and to maximize the implants existence, it is essential to conform with your dentist's instructions sternly. These instructions will include the proper hygienic oral care during the various levels of the treatment and after the treatment.

Before the procedure

Before the dental implant procedure, your dentist is expected to teach you the basic skills of proper hygiene and oral care, as well as for dental implants. A complete dental hygiene treatment (such as airflow cleaning) is taken before the implant procedure begins. It is vital to avoid growth of microorganisms for long life of dental implants, which is why, along with mechanical methods, the use of antimicrobial drug therapy, is done.

After the implant is placed

During the postoperative period for dental implant procedure it is necessary to follow the recommendations of your treating dentist. Make sure that you take your medications like antibiotics and keep your right diet. Diet should of course include soft food or pureed food.

The use of toothbrush with the softest bristles is also very much recommended since during this time, the mucosa is highly sensitive. Use of antiseptic solution when brushing your teeth is also advised.

After the entire treatment is finished

The proper oral care for people who have dental implants is of the same importance like with those with healthy natural teeth. Protruding parts of the implant and the dental implant itself need to be thoroughly cleaned everyday, not only right after the dental implant procedure, but during the lifetime of dental implants, accumulation and multiplication of bacteria will result when proper oral hygiene is not observed.

The most methodical dental care after a dental implant procedure is to be done especially in the morning and evening, because during the night the secretion of saliva from the glands is reduced, so it has less antibacterial activity than during the day.

The proper diet program is important to be followed during the entire dental implant treatment period and within two weeks after the placement of permanent dental implants.

Implant abutment and the surface of the implant adjacent to the gum are the areas needing most cleaning attention. Cleaning should be done in front of big mirror and with the best lighting.

There is a need for all kinds of hygienic tools for cleaning dental implants like; toothbrush, and super floss. When cleaning the sides of the protruding parts of the implant as well as the lower surface, passing the dental floss or super floss into the space between the abutments and around them is important in the removal of the plaque from side to side from the sides and back of the dental implant abutment. Application of toothpaste to your dental floss will allow you to gently polish the surface of implant abutment.