You stand in front of the bathroom mirror and ask yourself: Do I have to brush my teeth differently than usual with implants in my mouth? In fact, there are quite a few things to look for in implant care. Brushing your teeth alone is not enough. We would be happy to support you with an implant prophylaxis tailored to your needs.
We have specially trained employees who take care of that. This includes several dental hygienists (DH). DH is the top preventive care professional among dental employees. She cares for teeth, dentures and dental implants according to scientific standards and according to a health plan tailored to you. Find out here how we support you with implant care.
Why should implants and dentures be cared for regularly?
Lifelong partnership or early separation – it is up to you how long your implant will stay with you. You should regularly take your time and maintain or have the relationship maintained. You cannot adequately manage the risks with the resources available to you at home.
Risks? We mainly mean inflammation. More precisely, peri-implantitis.
You are sure to know periodontitis. The diseases are similar. Except that periodontitis occurs on natural teeth. When we talk about peri-implantitis, dental implants are always involved.
What does peri-implantitis mean?
Peri = around something, implant = plant in, itis = inflammation – In peri-implantitis, the tissue around the dental implant becomes inflamed. There is bone loss. Many implants are lost prematurely because of peri-implantitis.
The preliminary stage is mucositis, an inflammation at the edge of the implant neck and the surrounding mucous membrane. It is important that we recognize the disease early on. Look out for typical symptoms such as profuse bleeding gums, pus formation on the dental implant and dark red swollen gums.
How does the dentist support me with implant care?
It’s good that you found out about the pension options. After the implantation you have the most complex part of the treatment behind you. However, with implants in the mouth, regular prophylaxis is mandatory.
Professional tooth and implant cleaning
An important component of implant prophylaxis is professional tooth and implant cleaning. You are probably familiar with normal teeth cleaning, which you (hopefully) go to several times a year. For patients with dental implants, we add another important point to our teeth cleaning: we clean dental implants and dentures at the same time.
You don’t have to take your dentures out of your mouth for this. We have special hand instruments that we can use to reach every corner of your mouth. We brush thoroughly, especially in the small gap between the dental implant and the gums. A lot of dental plaque collects here, which we gently remove.
These are the most important steps of the professional tooth cleaning:
Examine: How is your oral health? A closer look at your teeth, gums and dentures provides us with an answer to the question. We document the result so that we can better understand the successes.
Staining: We drip a tasteless dye on your teeth that makes the plaque visible. Now we see where we need to clean thoroughly.
Cleaning: We use professional tools to remove plaque from tooth surfaces, gaps and gum pockets.
Polishing up: Now we are bringing your teeth to a shine. By polishing them, bacteria will stick to them less quickly. In short: you stay clean longer!
Fluoridation: So that your teeth are well protected against tooth decay and bacteria, we brush them with a fluoride varnish.
Instruct: Do you have any questions about dental care? We would be happy to show you what to look out for at home.
Regular preventive care
During the controls we make sure that your implant grows into the jawbone as planned. We also look at the area around the dental implant. On x-rays we can see exactly how your implant is doing in the jawbone.
We also measure how deep the gum pockets are. Has anything changed since the last check? The parameters clearly show us whether there is inflammation or whether everything is fine.
How do I properly care for my dental implants?
Implant prophylaxis is teamwork. You can always rely on our professional help. At home, you complete the preventive care in the dental practice with intensive oral care.
Here are a few tips on what you should look out for when caring for implants in front of the bathroom mirror at home.
Brush your teeth and dentures with a toothpaste that has few cleaning particles. Be careful with so-called whiteners! These toothpastes literally roughen the surfaces of teeth and dentures. When shopping, pay attention to the so-called RDA value (Relative Dentin Abrasions). With pastes that have a value of around 30, teeth and dentures can be cleaned well and gently.
Soft to medium hard toothbrush
Use a toothbrush with medium-hard to soft bristles. This is how you protect your gums and dentures. Feel free to try an electric toothbrush or a sonic toothbrush.
Cleaning the spaces in between
Important: keep the gaps clean! It is best to drive through the narrow areas between the teeth with dental floss, floss or interdental brushes before brushing your teeth. Dental plaque often collects here, which can be removed relatively easily in this way.
With a few simple tips and professional help, dentures can be cleaned easily.