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Dental Implant Maintenance and Care


Dental implants are becoming increasingly more common as a way to replace missing teeth. They’re not only more affordable than other dental procedures but they also provide long-lasting results and benefits. But in order to get the most out of your implant, you need to follow a few specific rules for maintenance and care. Implant care revolves around three main principles: Don’t touch it, don’t chew on it, and keep it clean! Luckily, there are some easy ways to help ensure you get the most out of your implant. If you have had a dental implant recently, or are planning on getting one soon (which we hope you do!), then this article is for you! Keep reading to discover 5 tips for dental implant maintenance and care.

Diet and Dental Implant care

You’ve probably heard the saying that you are what you eat. The same goes for your teeth as well as your dental implant! Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy diet in order to promote dental health and retain the full functionality of implants. As the only permanent option, implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement. Additionally, dental implants don’t require extensive maintenance. Unlike false teeth like dentures, which involve special care and cleaning routines, dental implants only need brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.

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Monthly professional cleaning

Professional cleaning is important for all dental health but especially for those with dental implants. Dental cleanings remove plaque and bacteria buildup around the implant, which can lead to infection. Some dentists will have you come in for a professional cleaning every three months, while others will recommend cleaning every six months. Dental implants are more susceptible to infections than natural teeth, so it’s very important to keep the area around them clean to promote the best results.

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Dental Hygiene Products: Many dentists will recommend special dental hygiene products that are safe to use around dental implants. These products can help you keep your mouth clean while taking extra special care of your implant.

Dental implant maintenance

Implant maintenance will vary depending on your dentist and the type of implant used to replace your teeth. There are two main types of implants: fixed and removable. Fixed implants are directly attached to the bone in your jaw and are not removable. The implant will be left in your jaw indefinitely and will occasionally need to be brushed and cleaned. Removable implants are attached to the bone via a screw.

There is a fake tooth attached to the implant which can be removed as needed for cleaning. Removable dental implants may need to be removed periodically to have the fake tooth cleaned, replaced, or realigned. Dental implant maintenance includes things like brushing and flossing. You don’t need to brush or floss around your implant more than you would your natural teeth.

Instructions post Dental Implant treatment


Begin brushing from next day. Use any popular pleasant flavoured mouthwash and dilute the same as per the instructions on the bottle.

Preferably  use a normal soft brush & AVOID an electronic toothbrush.

Brush and floss carefully and do not disturb the surgical area. Rinse thoroughly after eating 

Sleep with head elevated for first 24 hrs.

Eat what you want with Good Teeth

For the first 3 hours after the treatment; avoid hot foods.

Eggs, Jelly, Cereals, Soups, Milk, Fish, Hamburger, Rice, Khichadi or any Semisolid/  Finely minced Food is recommended.

 Avoid citrus fruits & juices. Avoid highly spiced food and alcoholic beverages. These will cause pain.

 Foods supplements & vitamins are generally not necessary unless prescribed.


DO NOT SMOKE as the heat & smoke will iritate your gums & delay healing. If at all possible use this opportunity to give up smoking.

DO NOT RINSE today. But gently clean the treatment area with water or medication as prescribed.

AVOID excess exertion. Activities like Golf, Tennis, Bowling Gymming, Swimming etc should be postponed for 2 days after the treatment.

DO NOT FLOSS for 2 days

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How to brush


It is normal for the gums to bleed more than it did before treatment. Do not stop cleaning as advised by us because of this reason.

 If bleeding continues contact clinic immediately

Swelling is usual for first 3 to 4 days. If swelling becomes painful or please call the clinic

Pain, and numbness till anaesthesia effect wears off as usual. If it does not relieve in about 4 hours call the clinic

 It is normal to have occasional blood stains in saliva for first 4 to 5 hours. If there is excess bleeding, use sterile cotton or gauze piece & apply gentle pressure on bleeding area for 20 minutes. Do not remove it during this period to examine if blood has stopped. You may apply ice pack if suggested

Dental implant care during the healing process

During the healing process between getting the implant and having it fully integrated into the bone, it is important to take special care of your mouth. The During the initial healing process, it is important to avoid smoking and using alcohol to promote faster healing. During this time, it is also recommended to avoid activities that promote bleeding.

Pro Tips: Things to never do with a dental implant

Never touch the implant. The implant will be in your mouth and while it is okay to brush and floss around it, it is important to not touch the implant itself. This could cause the wound to become infected. Never chew on the implant. The implant is meant to be an anchor for your fake tooth, but it is not meant for chewing. Chewing on the implant could lead to it breaking or breaking the tooth off, which would require a replacement. Never use toothpaste with baking soda. Baking soda is present in many tubes of toothpaste, so it is important to avoid using it around implants. Baking soda promotes bleeding and is not safe around implants.

Final words

Dental implants are a great alternative to missing teeth. While it is important to take care of your dental implant, it is also essential to follow a few rules to maintain its long-term functionality. Following these tips for dental implant maintenance and care will help you get the most out of your implant for years to come.

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