Cleaning Dental Implants and Restorations By Alex Hecht on March 18, 2021

Close-up of older woman’s face as she smilesThe difference between a beautiful smile and an unappealing one often comes down to how well you take care of your teeth. What about your dental work, though? Do dental restorations need as rigorous a cleaning regimen? It turns out they do.

Cleaning dental implants and restorations is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. At our practice in Staten Island, NY, Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht provide top-quality dental implants to treat tooth loss. Here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your dental implants and restorations so they can last for years to come.

Brush and Floss Regularly

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily remain key components to a healthy mouth. This does not change when you get dental implants. While implants and crowns are more resistant to bacterial damage, they rely on surrounding gum and bone tissue to remain in place.

Flossing and proper gum health maintenance is crucial in keeping your implants and restorations well rooted and secure. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritation to your gums, and floss with care to avoid inflammation. A soft-bristled toothbrush also reduces wear on the dental restorations as well as any remaining natural teeth.

Use a Non-Abrasive or Low-Abrasive Toothpaste

Your dental implants are durable but still susceptible to scratching from rough surfaces. This is why we recommend patients use a non-abrasive or low-abrasive toothpaste. Combined with a soft-bristle toothbrush, these less abrasive toothpastes will clean your teeth, restorations, and implants gently.

Visit the Dentist for Routine Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings at checkups is also important for good oral hygiene. Dentists and dental hygienists are highly trained in removing plaque and tartar from hard to reach places of the mouth. That includes the areas around the dental implant. We recommend visiting your dentist for a cleaning at least once every six months.

Avoid Using Metal Oral Hygiene Instruments

Many pharmacies will sell dental instruments that are supposed to help you clean your teeth. These can often do more harm than good if you’ve never used them before. Without training, you can damage your teeth or gums. On top of that, while metal instruments can damage dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Leave the specialized dental cleanings to the professionals at our Staten Islandpractice. You will save yourself many headaches down the line, and keep your dental implants and implant restorations durable.

Cleaning and Soaking Your Dentures

When cleaning your implant-supported denture, take extra care handling the restoration so it does not fall and break. Clean off all food particles using warm water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be thorough to access the nooks and crannies of the denture.

Soaking your denture at night will help prevent warping. There are many overnight denture cleaners available that will help cleanse the denture and keep it fresh and clean.

Reach Out Today

If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out and ask our team. The team at our Staten Island practice will provide answers and insight.. Give us a call at (718) 705-4434 or send us a message online to schedule an appointment today.

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Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Our family-run practice, led by Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht, is guided by compassionate and genuine care for our patients. Several distinctions set us apart:

  • Creating beautiful smiles since 1978
  • One of the largest practices in the region
  • Excellence in treating even the most complex cases
  • Advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Incorporation of the latest techniques

To set up a consultation or learn more about our services, reach out to our office online or call (718) 705-4434.

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