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Daily Care

Home Daily Care

Receiving implant teeth brings back the esthetics and function you once experienced with your natural teeth. Just as well as natural teeth, implants require regular maintenance care to ensure a healthy tissue environment.

Your toothbrush is the key to a confident and bright dental future. It is just as important to clean the dental implants and removable prosthesis as it is to clean your natural teeth.

When using toothpaste, a small amount of low-abrasive toothpaste used with the brush is recommended.

The dental implants and prosthesis must be thoroughly cleaned daily if they are to be a long-term success. It is therefore a good idea to follow a routine each time you brush your mouth, to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned.

Important areas to clean:

  • Your implant-supported tooth, above and below the gumline
  • In between your neighboring teeth

 

Step-by-step guide

1. Toothbrush 
It may be necessary to modify the brush for the inner side of the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement. If you have a bridge, make sure to clean under the bridge. 

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

3. Interdental brush 
The use of an interdental brush (interproximal 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, decreasing the cleaning effect, or too big, causing discomfort when brushing. A plastic-coated threading 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. 

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) 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.

Important areas to clean: 

  • Your implant-supported tooth, above and below the gumline
  • In between your neighboring teeth

Step-by-step guide

1. Toothbrush 
It may be necessary to modify the brush for the inner side of the teeth and hard-to-reach areas. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement. If you have a bridge, make sure to clean under the bridge.

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

3. Interdental brush 
The use of an interdental brush (interproximal 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, decreasing the cleaning effect, or too big, causing discomfort when brushing. A plastic-coated threading 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. 

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) 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.

Important areas to clean:

  • Abutment posts (the metal posts attaching the denture to your jaw) and bar
  • Underneath the prosthesis
  • Areas around the gums

Step-by-step guide

1. Brushing the prosthesis 
Clean the prosthesis and its attachments carefully, including the underneath area, using a denture brush or a regular toothbrush. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement. 

Other important areas to clean are the gum side of the prosthesis, where the attachment fits over the bar or ball abutments. 

2. Brushing the abutment 
Clean the gum side surface using a soft regular toothbrush. Additional attention should be paid to the abutment posts and bar in the mouth. 

Note: Never use a denture brush in your mouth. 

3. End-tufted brush 
A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for cleaning the areas around the abutment posts.

4. Floss 
Clean the abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss) around them. “Shoe-shine” the posts by passing the floss from side to side, polishing from top to bottom and allowing the floss to slip under the gumline. Follow this procedure for each abutment post. Make sure to pass floss around the bar with vertical movements.

Important areas to clean:

  • Abutment posts (the metal posts attaching the denture to your jaw) and bar
  • Underneath the prosthesis
  • Areas around the gums  

Step-by-step guide

1. Brushing the prosthesis 
Clean the prosthesis and its attachments carefully, including the underneath area, using a denture brush or a regular toothbrush. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement. 

Other important areas to clean are the gum side of the prosthesis, where the attachment fits over the bar or ball abutments. 

2. Brushing the bar abutment 
Clean the gum side surface using a soft regular toothbrush. Additional attention should be paid to the abutment posts and bar in the mouth. 

Note: Never use a denture brush in your mouth. 

3. End-tufted brush 
A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for cleaning the areas around the abutment posts. 

4. Interdental brush 
The use of an interdental brush (interproximal brush) helps in cleaning the sides of the abutment posts and the surface of the bar. An interdental brush with plasticcoated threading is recommended. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice on the technique, size and shape for your brush. 

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

5. Floss 
Clean the abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss) around them. “Shoe-shine” the posts by passing the floss from side to side, polishing from top to bottom and allowing the floss to slip under the gumline. Follow this procedure for each abutment post. Make sure to pass floss around the bar with vertical movements.

Looking after your new teeth also includes visiting your dentist for regular check-ups.

At those visits, you and your dentist and/or dental hygienist will discuss the necessary maintenance procedures.

Your dentist and/or dental hygienist will suggest the appropriate interval for future examination and maintenance visits.