When your dentist finishes the crown placement on your implant, your smile will look like normal. Crowns and implants function as normal teeth, and most people will not even realize you had a restoration. You can keep your implants and crown healthy by caring for your gums. You need to take special care of your gums immediately after the placement and for the long term.
Caring for Gums After Crown Placement
Dentists send patients home with care instructions to follow right after getting crowns. Patients also need to follow an oral hygiene routine after the mouth has healed. Proper care extends the life of dental restorations.
Caring for Gums After the Restoration
If patients have the implant and crown placed at the same time, they must follow special instructions. The gums will be sore after implant surgery. Patients should avoid brushing the crown for the first several days while the gums are still tender. However, patients should rinse with salt water to help the gums heal. The saltwater should be warm instead of hot, so it does not harm the gums. After three days, patients can resume a normal hygiene routine, which will promote gum health.
Long-Term Oral Care
Patients also need a long-term care routine to keep the gums healthy. If the gums recede, food and bacteria can get underneath the crown. This can turn into an infection if left untreated. It can also cause the crown and implant to fail.
Patients should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many prefer electric toothbrushes since the bristles do a nice job of cleaning along the gumline. The bristles reach bacteria than manual toothbrushes often miss. Daily flossing is also recommended after crown placement. Use unwaxed tape floss or get dental floss that is made specifically for implants. This will protect the gum tissue that surrounds the crown and implant.
Gum stimulators are also recommended. Stimulators remove the plaque that is located at the gumline. Simply hold the stimulator at a 45-degree angle and massage the gums. Stimulators reduce the risk of gum disease and help people care for dental restorations. It is critical to understand that stimulators do not replace toothbrushes. These devices should be used along with a toothbrush as part of an oral hygiene routine.
Patients also need to go to the dentist every six months. Dentists and hygienists can remove plaque and bacteria that regular brushing and flossing fail to reach. Dentists also check the overall gum health to ensure the implant and crown are in good shape.
Make Your Implants and Crowns Last
Your implant and crown will look and feel like natural teeth. You will want the restoration to last as long as possible, so proper care is needed. When you first get home after implant surgery, use a saltwater rinse to help the gums heal. Start brushing after a few days and then incorporate an oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing and using a gum stimulator. Then go to the dentist regularly to ensure your implant and crown are functioning properly.
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