Professional Cleaning of Dental Implants
Once you have dental implants, it's important that you take care of them. If you do, your implants will last you for years. In fact, you may never need to have them replaced. Some implants are made of materials that do need to be cleaned more often than others. Acrylic replacement teeth, for example, are more likely to absorb odors and stains than porcelain ones. That means you need always to make sure you brush regularly. There are some different things we will do to make certain your replacement teeth are kept in good shape when you come in to see us.
At-Home Dental Implant Cleaning
First, always make sure that you brush and floss as you normally would. This helps keep your implants free of debris, stains, and plaque. While your implants are going to be made out of durable materials, they can still be worn down over time if you don’t keep them clean.
Professional Dental Implant Cleaning
Even if you have had all of your natural teeth replaced, we still want to see you regularly. In addition to giving your replacement teeth a good, professional cleaning, we do need to check on the implants to make sure everything is as it should be. You may also need to have your replacement teeth adjusted now and then. While this is not something that’s common, your face will change as you age. You may find that over the years, you start to notice your replacement teeth don’t quite fit right.
When you come in for a cleaning, you will notice that we use special equipment to clean your implants and the area around them. These tools are different from what we use to clean natural teeth. That’s because your replacement teeth are made from different materials and are connected to the gums and the jawbone differently from natural teeth.
The Necessary Tools
The tools used to clean your teeth are designed to clean the implant, abutment, and crown without damaging them in any way. It’s important that these tools do not scratch the surface of the crown or abutment. If they do, it’s possible bacteria can get into these scratches and multiply, leading to gum infection.
The tools used to clean implants are called curettes and scalers. These tools are made out of resin or plastic instead of metal, so they don’t scratch your replacement teeth. For powered tools, any part that comes into contact with the crowns or abutment uses plastic or nylon for the tip. These tools clean the teeth by using a high-frequency vibration, so scratching rarely occurs.
The implants themselves don’t need to be cleaned because they are completely set within the bone and covered by the gum. If any part is exposed, though, we will use a soft brush to clean the area around the implant. We may need to use some other tools to remove any contaminant that has built up around the implant, but that is rarely required.
Because these unique tools are required to properly clean implants, we do stress that you should only clean your implants with a toothbrush and dental floss. If you believe your implants need deeper cleaning, always contact us before using any other instrument.
Need to schedule a cleaning? Call us today at (844) 281-6446 to make an appointment.