How do I take care of my implants?
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups, as scheduled by you and your dentist. Additional cleaning aids also may be recommended to help keeping your teeth healthy at home.
Advantages of using BlueM before surgery:
• Improves the general condition of the mouth
• Eliminates harmful bacteria
• Reduces the chance of infection during surgery
• Decreases the risk of complications after surgery
Advantages of using BlueM after surgery:
• Accelerates the healing process
• Encourages the growth of new blood vessels
• Encourages the formation of new cells
Despite decades of clinical and scientific research, dental implants do not have a 100% success rate. However, the success rates have improved dramatically since the introduction of dental implant surgery and the dental profession can proudly report success rates well above 90% for most implant patients. Similarly, long-term success rates are in the high 90% range and are likewise improving. When a dental implant has not been successfully integrated, it may need to be removed, as it cannot easily be “converted” to osseointegrate. Your dentist or oral surgeon will give you the best advice about this. A replacement implant can be placed but it may require some months of healing time and possibly bone augmentation (repair by means of grafting). Likewise, if a previously placed implant has lost significant amounts of supporting bone, there are currently no treatments that can predictably restore the lost bone after having functioned in the mouth.
Getting dental implants is generally a harmless procedure. However, due to the gums around implants being more sensitive and susceptible to harmful bacteria, inflammation and peri-implantitis can occur after surgery. Therefore maintaining a good oral health before and after surgery is essential to prevent inflammation of the gums.
Advice from Dr. Peter Blijdorp
After surgery Dr. Blijdorp recommends rinsing with our mouthwash and the application of bluem oral gel around the implant. About 48 hours after the surgery, you will be able to brush with our toothpaste using a soft toothbrush.
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and checkups, as scheduled. Additional cleaning aids also may be recommended to help you keep your teeth healthy at home. As is the case with natural teeth, you and your dentist must work as a team to ensure the longevity of your dental implant. While replacement teeth can’t get cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth. Well-placed and well-cared for dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime with the help of BlueM implant care.