When dental implants first came into use in the oral healthcare industry, over 2 decades ago they were primarily used to replace only one missing tooth. Over the years, dental implant technology and techniques have continued to evolve. Now dental implants can also be used to anchor a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth.
While the titanium abutments and your new implant bridge are made from materials that are not vulnerable to tooth decay, they will still need to be a part of your oral hygiene routine. Plaque and food particles can build up on your bridge. If they are not cleaned away they can easily harden into tartar at the gum line, which is the primary cause of gum disease. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can hurt one or more of the abutments that anchor your implants in place.
You can keep this from happening by brushing and flossing around the bridge twice each day. Then you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to wash away any loose food particles and kill lingering bacteria. If you are having trouble cleaning plaque and food particles from around the bridge you might want to try using a waxed floss threader, interdental brushes or a dental water jet.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants, please feel free to call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.