Dental implants are a fixed solution for replacement of spaces in the mouth. It involves a small surgical placement of a titanium root into the bone when the tooth space is and the attachment of a crown. This works independently of adjacent teeth without the need for stresses or loss of healthy tooth tissue on adjacent teeth. The design of theses implants is extremely important to ensure a cleansable design. The Dental implants are not susceptible to decay but are susceptible to an equivalent form of periodontal disease, called periimplant disease. The cleaning maintenance is extremely important. The dental implants can come in the form of a single implant crown, implant bridges, full implant reconstruction or implant assisted dentures.
How should I clean the Dental Implant after I have had the treatment?
Please start the mouthwash you have been given on the evening of your surgery and continue for 1 week. This is very important. You should gently bathe the surgical site for approximately 1 minute, 3 times a day.
You should also start cleaning your other teeth as normal with a toothbrush, starting on the evening of your surgery. Avoid brushing the surgical site for the first few days, but then begin to carefully clean this area with a toothbrush as well, once tenderness permits.
Hot salt mouthwashes are very beneficial for healing in the first week (but taste awful) To ensure that the mouthwash is not so hot that it scalds and then hold the hot mouthwash over the surgical site until it cools. Repeat as often as possible.
Try to keep food away from the surgical area for as long as possible. Rinse following eating to keep the area clean.
You are advised not to smoke until the wound has healed as this severely limits healing in the mouth.