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Looking After Your New Teeth

By far the most important thing needed for a satisfactory, long term outcome is careful adherence to dental hygiene and regular visits. It is now more important than ever to see that you clean your implant-retained teeth properly.

This is vital around the area of the abutment(s). You will be given instructions on how to care for your dental implants, but it will require motivation and commitment on your part.

If you are in the position of having to have dental reconstruction because you didn't look after your teeth then this is a second chance. Dental hygiene and regular visits are now more important than ever.

Daily Care

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Important areas to clean:
  • Your implant-supported tooth, above and below the gumline.
  • In between your neighbouring teeth.






Single Tooth - Step-by-Step Guide

Single Tooth - Toothbrush
1. Toothbrush

It may be necessary to modify your brushing technique for the inner side of the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. An electric toothbrush can be a good alternative. If you have a bridge, make sure to clean under the bridge.



Single Tooth - End-tufted Brush
2. End-tufted Brush

A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for hard-to-reach areas around your implant-supported tooth on the lingual surfaces (inner side of teeth) and around the implant posts on the facial side (outer side).




Single Tooth - Interdental Brush
3. Interdental Brush

The use of an interdental brush (interproximal brush or bottle brush) helps in cleaning the sides of the implant-supported tooth, crown and abutment posts. Use the brush with a back-and-forth stroke, gently pressing it against the side of the implant-supported tooth or abutment posts.

The brush should not be too small as this will decrease the cleaning effect, or too big as this will, cause discomfort when brushing. A plastic-coated wire brush is recommended. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice on the technique, size and shape for your interdental brush.

Note: Never use toothpaste in combination with the interdental brush.


Single Tooth - Floss
4. Floss

In narrow areas, where the interdental brush is hard to use, floss is recommended. Clean the sides of your implant-supported tooth and abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss, Super floss) back and forth between the implant tooth and the neighboring teeth, or through the spaces next to the abutment posts.



Bridge - Step-by-Step Guide

Bridge - Toothbrush
1. Toothbrush

It may be necessary to modify the brush for the inner side of the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. An electric toothbrush can be a good alternative. If you have a bridge, make sure to clean under the bridge.





Bridge - End-tufted Brush
2. End-tufted Brush

A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for hard-to-reach areas around your implant-supported tooth on the lingual surfaces (inner side of teeth) and around the implant posts on the facial side (outer side).




Bridge - Interdental Brush
3. Interdental Brush

The use of an interdental brush (interproximal brush or bottle brush) helps in cleaning the sides of the implant-supported tooth, crown, abutment posts and the surface under the bridge. Use the brush with a back-and-forth stroke, gently pressing it against the side of the implant-supported tooth or abutment posts.

The brush should not be too small as this will decrease the cleaning effect, or too big as this will, cause discomfort when brushing. A plastic-coated wire brush is recommended. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice on the technique, size and shape for your interdental brush.

Note: Never use toothpaste in combination with the interdental brush.


Bridge - Floss
4. Floss

In narrow areas, where the interdental brush is hard to use, floss is recommended. Clean the sides of your implant-supported tooth and abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss, Super floss) back and forth between the implant tooth and the neighboring teeth, or through the space next to the abutment posts. Clean the bridge adjacent to the gumline using a sideways stroke.


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