- Brush your implants at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush, including under and around the crown of the implant
- Use an interdental brush coated with nylon every day to clean around the implant, or by using unwaxed floss tape or 'super floss'
- Stop smoking. Your dentist will have advised you to stop before having your implant fitted, but if you’re still smoking, stopping may decrease your chance of having a problem. Research has shown that the rate of implant failure is much higher for those who smoke than those who don’t.1
Looking after implants following smile in a day treatment
If you’ve had multiple dental implants fitted using the smile in a day method, your implant dentist will have provided you with written guidance on looking after your new smile as well as information about fitting your final, permanent set of teeth.
Caring for implants following smile in a day treatment is exactly the same as looking after traditional, single implants, so you can follow the above advice about taking care of them. You must make sure you clean under the false teeth around the implants, as per the instructions supplied by your dentist. Failing to do this could result in peri-implant disease and cause bone loss and infection.
If you’ve had your new smile fitted in the last three months, you’ll still have your temporary teeth, which are exchanged for your final, permanent teeth once your implants have integrated with the bone surrounding them. As routine dentistry has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, this means we can’t fit your new, permanent set of teeth right now. However, your temporary fixed teeth are designed to last over a year, so there’s no need to worry if you can’t get them replaced as planned as long as you keep things very clean.
If you need additional advice around smile in a day implants, you should contact your local practice.