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Looking after dental implants and implant supported bridges at home

Following the latest Government advice, our implant centres are available for telephone support and guidance for ongoing treatment or emergency issues. However, due to the current pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) unfortunately we can no longer offer routine implant care.

Therefore, in the meantime, we’ve created some useful tips to help you look after your dental implants and implant supported bridges at home, with advice on what to do if something goes wrong.

Taking care of dental implants

Keeping dental implants clean is vital to maintain their lifespan. The most common form of infection that can develop around implants is peri-implant disease. It’s similar to gum disease around a tooth and is caused by a build-up of plaque. It can lead to bone loss around your implants and surrounding teeth.

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your implant is the only way to prevent peri-implant disease. During COVID-19, you won’t be able to regularly visit your dentist and hygienist, so it’s essential you look after your implants well at home. We recommend you:

  • Clean your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush, at least twice a day, including under and around the crown of the implant
  • Use an interdental brush coated with nylon, clean around the implant daily, or use an unwaxed floss tape or “Superfloss”

If you have multiple dental implants or have had treatment for full-arch restoration such as full mouth dental implants, your implant dentist will have provided you with further guidance on how to look after your implants. If you need additional advice on this, you should contact your local implant centre or alternatively speak to one of our implant dentists.

Problems or pain with your implant

Problems with dental implants can vary from a short-term infection, to a chronic infection arising from bone loss due to peri-implant disease. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Redness or soreness of the gum around your implant, which could be due to a build-up of plaque. Although the gums may be sore, cleaning them thoroughly may settle this down. Use a soft brush or soak your normal brush in hot water before using it to soften the nylon bristles. You could also use an antiseptic mouthwash for five to seven days, but don’t forget to clean between the teeth and implants with interdental brushes or dental tape.
  • Difficulty chewing with your implant, which could be due to gum inflammation because a crown or bridge is slightly loose, or because of an infection
  • Noticeable swelling around the implant or gum. If it’s spreading up to your eye, down your neck or across your mouth, you must mention this when you contact your local practice
  • The crown or bridge around your implant loosening, which could be due to cement failure (if the crown or bridge is stuck on), or the fixed crown or bridge around the implant screw becoming loose
  • The implant itself (the screw fixed into the jaw) loosening

If you have a problem with a dental implant, you shouldn’t try to treat it yourself at home without speaking to a dentist first.

Get in touch with your local practice in the first instance. If your usual practice is closed due to coronavirus, contact your local Dental Care Plus implant centre for telephone support. If they think you need urgent care, they can direct you to the most appropriate support location.

Taking care of implant supported bridges

If you have multiple implants supported by a dental bridge, your implant dentist will have talked you through the importance of keeping it clean to prevent any problems. To avoid any problems occurring with your bridge during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s particularly important that you:

  • Avoid hard or sticky foods, which could cause damage to your bridge, such as sweets, nuts or ice
  • Clean your bridge thoroughly twice a day. Use an interdental brush or ‘superfloss’ first, then brush the teeth and surrounding area with fluoride toothpaste

Pain or problems with implant supported bridges

If your implant supported bridge is causing you toothache or tooth sensitivity, you should try and manage the pain with self-help advice in the first instance. Read advice from Bupa Dental Care on how to relieve toothache and other common dental pain. If the pain gets worse, contact your local implant centre for further advice.

If your implant supported bridge has come loose, it’s important you contact your implant centre for support as soon as possible. Every person’s implant supported bridge is different, so you’ll need further advice from an implant dentist on your individual issue. They can then provide further guidance about what to do next.

For further help and advice with implants

If you’re experiencing problems with your implant which aren’t referenced in this article, please get in touch with your local implant dentist. If your usual practice is closed due to COVID-19, you can contact a Dental Care Plus centre for emergency support.

If your implant supported bridge has come loose, it’s important you contact your implant centre for support as soon as possible. Every person’s implant supported bridge is different, so you’ll need further advice from an implant dentist on your individual issue. They can then provide further guidance about what to do next.

From Dental Care Plus

The health, wellbeing and safety of our patients, their families and our people remain our top priority at Dental Care Plus. We’d like to thank our patients for their understanding during the COVID-19 situation.

Once it is safe for us to re-open, we encourage you to get in touch and book an appointment. The latest status of our practices can be found at: COVID-19 Notice. If you’re experiencing a problem with your implant, find and contact your local Dental Care Plus centre who can offer telephone support and advice to patients with urgent need. They can also direct you to the most appropriate support location if further care is needed.

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