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Your Guide to Proper Dental Implant Maintenance

By: Craig Ball, D.M.D.


Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth or gaps that make you feel self-conscious about your smile. However, like other dental procedures, they require proper maintenance to keep them in good condition. 

Dr. Craig Ball can provide comprehensive information about restorative dentistry and implant maintenance during a consultation in Indianapolis, IN. Call Ball Dentistry to book an appointment and learn how to protect your oral health. 

Tip 1: Brush and floss your implants 

Just like your natural teeth, it’s important to brush and floss around your dental implants in the morning and again before bed. This helps remove any plaque or bacteria buildup that could damage the implant and lead to gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste — you may want to consider an electric toothbrush or water flosser for even better cleanings. 

As for flossing, use waxed floss to get in between the implant and your gumline. If you have trouble with traditional floss, try using a dental pick or interdental brush, which can reach the areas in between your teeth without causing any damage. 

Tip 2: Keep up with regular cleanings and checkups 

No matter how well you care for your implants at home, only a professional who specializes in restorative dentistry can get rid of plaque or bacteria buildup that may still be hiding in the crevices. See Dr. Ball every six months or as recommended for a cleaning and checkup. Our team can examine the implant and make any necessary adjustments. 

Please schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible if you experience any discomfort or pain around the implant. This could be a sign of an infection or another dental issue that needs to be addressed right away. 

Tip 3: Avoid poor dental habits 

Your implants should last a lifetime, but unhealthy habits put them at risk. Avoid chewing on hard objects or foods like ice or popcorn kernels, as this can damage the implant. Try to quit smoking — tobacco use has been linked to poor oral health and an increased risk of implant failure. Our team can provide helpful resources for quitting if you’re having trouble. 

Here are some examples of other bad habits to avoid:  

  • Not brushing and flossing regularly 
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth 
  • Using drugstore whitening products on the implant 
  • Ignoring warning signs of infection (such as pain and swelling) 

Tip 4: Take extra precautions 

Dr. Ball may recommend additional steps for keeping your implants in tip-top shape based on your unique oral health needs. Those who are prone to grinding or clenching their teeth at night may benefit from a personalized nightguard. In any case, follow our instructions carefully for maximum protection. 

Care for your dental implants 

Want to see your smile shine with dental implants? Visit Ball Dentistry in Indianapolis, IN for a consultation. View before and after photos on our Instagram page and see why so many people trust us with their teeth and gums. Dr. Craig Ball understands how important it is to keep your implants in good condition, so call today — we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about restorative dentistry.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.