December 17, 2020
If you’ve made the investment in dental implants to help transform your smile, then you definitely want to take good care of them. If given proper maintenance, they can last for decades. Just like your natural teeth, flossing dental implants in Reading daily is crucial to their success for you. Keep reading to learn why your local dentist says it is so important and how to do so effectively.
Why You Should Floss Your Dental Implants
Dental implants may be cavity-proof prosthetics, but you should still be flossing them every day along with your natural teeth. This helps remove plaque so that it doesn’t build up around your gums and lead to infection and disease. If untreated, your surrounding natural teeth can begin to decay and additional tooth loss could happen.
How to Floss Around Your Dental Implants
Now that you know the importance of flossing around your dental implants, it’s even more important to understand how.
- Single Tooth Dental Implants: These types of prosthetics are stand-alone, so you can floss around them in the same way that you would your natural teeth. However, it’s important to be extra careful not to exert too much force so that you don’t damage the connection of the prosthetic to the implant. Additionally, do not floss all the way down to the gum when flossing on either side of a single tooth implant. Unlike your natural teeth, your gums are not actually attached to the implant, meaning it is also not connected to any nerves. If you cause damage to it, you’re likely not to even notice until infection has set in.
- Multiple Implant-Supported Bridges or Implant-Retained Dentures: Although they appear as multiple separate teeth, both of these implant types are technically one prosthetic. This means there is no space in between each tooth, however, you’re still not “off the hook” when it comes to flossing them. Instead of in-between, you’ll need to floss underneath the bridgework. You’ll do this with a pliable needle called a floss threader. Your dentist can explain exactly how to do this.
Even though flossing dental implants may be a slightly longer process than flossing your natural teeth, you owe it to yourself and your smile to keep them healthy and long-lasting.
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba is an experienced dentist with a passion for restoring smiles. She makes it a priority to educate each of her patients who receive dental implants on how to properly take care of them. For 32 years, she has been building long-lasting relationships with everyone she cares for and enhancing her dental skills. Are your dental implants in great shape? Schedule a consultation online or call us at (781) 954–5277.
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