How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants at Home?

The easy answer? Just like a natural tooth. Implants are designed to be the next best thing to your natural tooth for eating, looks, everything—and just like your natural teeth, they need to be looked after home.

Just like your teeth, they need to brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and flossed daily.

Flossing is very, very important!

An implant can last a lifetime, however bacteria around the implant can infect the implant. These infections can be very difficult to treat and can even lead to loss of the implant years down the track when you thought everything was healed. Flossing every day prevents these infections.

If a dentist tells you grind your teeth, it’s also very important you wear an occlusal splint while you sleep.  An occlusal splint is a hard protective plate you wear at night, that prevents chipping of the implant crown or overloading by these grinding forces—overloading an implant can cause it to become loose and even fall out.

An implant, like your natural tooth, can last a lifetime. Look after your teeth well, and your smile will thank you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.