Dental Implants

For decades, dental implants have been used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. They allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally, so you can smile, laugh, and eat your favorite meal without any dental issues.

What is the recovery time of dental implants?

Most people find they experience less pain and discomfort than they expect, and typically return to work the next day, although each patient’s experience is unique.

Implant recipients play a key role in the success of their own restoration and must be motivated to take care of the implant.

  • Practice excellent oral hygiene
  • Clean at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Use a low-abrasive toothpaste
  • Don’t chew hard items, such as ice and hard candy
  • Brush under and around the implant crown
  • Use a nylon coated interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach places
  • Floss daily with unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss
  • Use a recommended oral irrigator

To keep your artificial teeth as clean as possible, you should consider getting these dental implant cleaning instruments.

Interproximal Brushes

You can use a typical toothbrush to brush your dental implants. There is essentially no significant difference when using sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes, so any of those are fine to use. Nevertheless, it needs to be soft-bristled.


Generally, dentists recommend using unwaxed tape or floss specifically for implants, ensuring that the surrounding tissue is best protected.

Check with your dentist about what floss to use for your specific denture.

Oral Irrigators (aka Water Flossers)

Oral irrigators can really help with reducing plaque and inflammation. Find a water flosser with a nonmetal tip and use it one to two times every day, supplementing it with non-alcoholic antimicrobial rinse as desired.


Stimulators can really encourage healthy gum tissue, which is crucial in maintaining a dental implant.

The best kind to use are rubber-tipped stimulators so as to be gentle on the gums.

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