How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are designed to mimic and replace the roots of your lost teeth. As such, they offer unmatched support for your dental crown, bridge, or partial/complete denture, making your prosthesis more lifelike in function and appearance. To help ensure the longevity of your dental implant(s) and restoration, however, it is important that you learn how to take care of your dental implants, both at home and at your dentist’s office.

Daily Dental Implant Maintenance

The beauty of dental implants lies in their ability to mimic nature – particularly, the roots that support and sustain your teeth. Besides comfort and function, this improved stability also means that caring for your implant restoration is similar to caring for your natural teeth.

  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth and restoration at least twice every day to remove food particles and bacterial plaque.
  • Use non-invasive toothpaste to reduce the chances of scratching your implant restoration.
  • Your restoration should not stain, but it can be damaged from excessive pressure; refrain from grinding your teeth, or visit your dentist if you realize that you grind your teeth unconsciously.

Long-Term Dental Implant Success

Besides taking care of your dental implants every day at home, they also require professional care from your general dentist. Routine visits will help keep developing dental issues, like gum disease, at bay, and allow your dentist to suggest treatment if an issue does arise. Depending on your exact needs and preferences, you should schedule a visit at least once every six months, or sooner.

If gum disease or tooth decay in a nearby tooth are detected, then prompt treatment could be necessary to prevent the issue from weakening the oral structures that support your dental implant(s).


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).