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Caring for Your Dental Implants: Maintenance Tips


Dental implants are a fantastic solution for replacing missing teeth, offering both aesthetic and functional benefits. At The Dental & Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, we believe that understanding how to care for your dental implants is crucial for ensuring their longevity and maintaining your oral health. In this blog, we’ll provide you with comprehensive maintenance tips to help you keep your dental implants in excellent condition for as long as possible.

Understanding Dental Implants

Before diving into the maintenance tips, let’s briefly review what dental implants are. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone, which acts as a replacement root for a missing tooth. Once the implant integrates with the bone, a crown is attached to provide a natural-looking and fully functional tooth replacement.

Why Care for Dental Implants is Essential

Proper care and maintenance of dental implants are vital for several reasons:

  1. Longevity: Well-maintained dental implants can last many years, often about 15-20.
  2. Preventing Complications: Good oral hygiene prevents infections and other complications such as peri-implantitis, an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues around the implant.
  3. Overall Oral Health: Keeping implants clean supports overall oral health, preserving your remaining natural teeth and gums.

Daily Oral Hygiene Routine


  • Frequency: Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Technique: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the implant surface and surrounding gum tissue. Brush gently around the implant crown and gum line.
  • Electric Toothbrush: Consider investing in an electric toothbrush for a more thorough clean.


  • Importance: Flossing is crucial to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and implants.
  • Technique: Use implant-specific floss or a water flosser, which can be more effective and gentler around the implant site.
  • Daily Routine: Floss at least once a day, ensuring you reach all areas around the implant.


  • Antibacterial Mouthwash: Speak with your dentist and ask whether you need to use an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce plaque and prevent infections.
  • Non-Alcoholic Option: Choose a non-alcoholic mouthwash to avoid dryness and irritation of the oral tissues.

Regular Dental Check-Ups


  • Regular Visits: Schedule check-ups every six months, or as recommended by your dentist. Regular visits allow for professional cleaning and early detection of potential issues.

Professional Cleaning

  • Importance: Professional cleanings are essential to remove hardened plaque (tartar) that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing.
  • Specialised Care: Ensure that your dentist or hygienist is aware of your implants to avoid any damage.

Monitoring Implant Health

  • Examinations: Your dentist will check the condition of your implants, surrounding gums, and overall oral health during your visits.
  • X-Rays: These may be taken every so often to monitor the bone levels around the implants and ensure they are integrating well.

Avoiding Harmful Habits


  • Impact on Healing: Smoking can impair the healing process after implant surgery and increase the risk of implant failure – by 30-40%!
  • Gum Health: It also negatively affects gum health, which is critical for implant stability.

Chewing Hard Foods

  • Risk of Damage: Avoid chewing on hard foods like ice, hard candies, and nuts, which can crack the crown or damage the implant.
  • Care with Sticky Foods: Be cautious with sticky foods that can pull on the crown or dislodge it.

Using Teeth as Tools

  • Bad Habit: Do not use your teeth or implants to open packages, bottles, or perform any tasks other than chewing food.
  • Risk of Damage: This can cause unnecessary stress and damage to both natural teeth and implants.

Addressing Issues Promptly

Signs of Problems

  • Symptoms: Be alert to signs of problems such as redness, swelling, pain around the implant site, or loosening of the implant or crown.
  • Immediate Action: Contact us at The Dental & Cosmetic Clinic immediately if you notice any of these symptoms to address the issue before it becomes severe.

Avoid Self-Medicating

  • Professional Care: Do not attempt to self-medicate or ignore issues with your implants. Any concerns should be raised with your dentist.

Maintaining Overall Health

Healthy Diet

  • Nutrition: Maintain a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support oral health and overall well-being.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated to ensure good saliva flow, which helps in maintaining a clean mouth.

Managing Medical Conditions

  • Chronic Conditions: Conditions such as diabetes can affect oral health. Manage these conditions under the guidance of your healthcare provider.
  • Medication Review: Inform your dentist of any medications you are taking, as some can affect oral health and implant success.

At The Dental & Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Dental implants are a significant investment in your oral health and confidence, and with proper care, they can provide you with lasting benefits.

Following these maintenance tips will help ensure the longevity of your dental implants and keep your smile looking its best. For more personalised advice or to schedule a check-up or call us at 01163 500157. We look forward to being your partner in maintaining your dental health!

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