Guidance for the maintenance care of dental implants San Mateo, CA
Dr. Shivani Gupta and her team at Peninsula Dental Implant Center in San Mateo, CA appreciate your trust in their capabilities. They share this guidance for the maintenance and care of dental implants to protect your investment, oral health, and beautiful smile.
Keep it clean
For the most part, you care for an implant-restored tooth like natural dentition. Dr. Gupta recommends this daily regimen for dental implant patients:
- Choose a manual or electric toothbrush with a small, soft head.
- Use tartar-control, low abrasion toothpaste.
- Brush gently, with extra attention to all sides of the implant.
- Floss nightly to clean around the abutment.
You might need a little extra assistance in resisting oral disease. Antimicrobial mouth rinse gets into cracks and crevices your brush can’t reach. Interdental brushes and other specialized aids are useful for removing plaque on sides of the implant and between teeth. Disclosing tablets give a peek at spots you might be missing. Dr. Gupta will guide you in these steps if she sees need for it at your regular checkup appointments.
While scheduled cleaning and exam is important for every patient, it is critical for those with dental implants. If you are reasonably healthy, twice a year may be sufficient. Patients with diabetes or other health conditions, and those managing gum disease should be seen every three months.
Dentists use precision instruments to remove bacterial plaque and tartar. Pocket depth is measured to evaluate seal of gums to teeth. The dentist takes a careful look at all components of the implant, checks for looseness, and evaluates bite. Dr. Gupta is vigilant for signs of implant complications, such as mucositis. Characterized by bleeding at the implant site, this condition is reversible in its early stages. Without prompt detection and professional care, it advances to peri-implantitis resulting in bone loss around the implant. Annual x-rays are essential to monitor for this situation.
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