Infected dental implants are common immediately after a dental implant placement procedure. This happens because the surgical site is still exposed. If you have had your gum tissue infected once before, then you already know how painful and frustrating can be to get rid of. Therefore, it is important to work to prevent reinfection. Gum tissue that becomes reinfected after the procedure can increase your implant's chances of failure. If your implant fails, then you will need to spend the time and money to get the procedure redone. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to prevent any kind of reinfection.
Always Use an Oral Rinse After Your Meals
By this time, a few weeks or months may have passed since your implant placement procedure. If you are now eating harder foods, then you may not see any use in using an oral rinse. However, an oral rinse becomes even more important when you move from softer to harder foods. An oral rinse is what cleans the bacteria that attaches itself to the base of your dental implant, gum tissue, and the surgical site. A toothbrush has a hard time getting rid of this bacteria and often ends up irritating this area. In order to get the best use out of your oral rinse, it needs to be used immediately after your meals. This will put a stop to any bacteria growth before it even happens.
Use a Waterflosser at Night
Until your surgical site complete heals, a water flosser should be your new go to dental cleaning device. A water flosser makes it easy to clean around your gum line and near your surgical site. Traditional thread makes it difficult to do this especially once you get dental implants. All you have to do is target the flosser at the areas in which you clean and it will weaken any buildup. In order to make sure bacteria is attacked, you should fill up your water flosser with an antibacterial oral rinse. The water flosser works best if you use it a night for a few minutes before going to bed.
A reinfection is fairly common but can easily be avoided if you take the time to up your oral care following your procedure. Use these tips as a guide to ensure that your teeth and dental implants remain in good health for the remainder of your recovery.