Caring for Your Dental Implants during Covid-19

Caring for Your Dental Implants during Covid-19

Jul 01, 2020

Following the latest guidelines issued by the government, most implant centers are available for telephone support and guidance for ongoing treatments and emergency issues. Unfortunately, because of the current pandemic of coronavirus, routine implant care is no longer possible.

Dentists, in the meanwhile, have created some useful tips to ease questions in your mind about how to take care of dental implants, which are mentioned in this blog. Advice about what you can do if things go wrong are also included.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

If you want your dental implants to maintain their lifespan, you need to keep the placements clean. The most common infection that develops around implants is the disease of peri-implant. This disease is similar to gingivitis around the tooth and is a result of the buildup of plaque. The condition can lead to bone loss around your implants and the surrounding teeth.

The best way to prevent peri-implant disease is to maintain the placement by cleaning it regularly. You will not be able to visit your dentist or dental hygienist during the Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore you must care for the implants properly at home. We recommend you follow the suggestions mentioned below:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day. Clean under and around the crown on the placement as well.
  • An interdental brush coated with nylon can also be used to clean around the implant every day, or an unwaxed floss tape can also be considered.

If you have had treatment for full arch restoration and have multiple dental implants in your mouth, you would have received instructions from the implant dentist on how to care for the placements. If you need additional advice, you must not hesitate to contact the dental professional for information.

Issues Or Pain with Dental Implants

Short-term or chronic infections arising from bone loss due to peri-implant disease can affect you in varying conditions. The symptoms you should be looking out for include:

  • Redness or soreness of the gums around the implant resulting from the buildup of plaque. Cleaning your gums thoroughly will help the condition to subside despite the pain being experienced. You can use a soft toothbrush or soak your regular toothbrush in hot water to soften the bristles before using it to clean the gums. You can also use an antiseptic mouthwash for about a week without forgetting to clean between the teeth and the implants with interdental brushes.
  • You may experience difficulty when chewing with the implant, which could be due to inflammation around the gums or loosening of the crown or dental bridge. Infections could also be a reason for this issue.
  • You may observe swelling around the implant or gums. If the swelling is spreading up to your eye, across your mouth, or down your neck, you must discuss the issue when you contact your implant dentist.
  • Loosening of the crown or bridge could be a result of cement failure or the fixed crown or bridge around the implant screw becoming loose.
  • You may experience the implant screw fixed into the jaw, becoming loose.

If you experience problems with your dental implant, you must not try to fix it yourself at home but should prefer to talk to Dr. Tarek Badawy, the dentist in Sterling, VA. If you are unable to contact the dentist, you must request telephone support by calling Westlake Dental Care. If they are convinced you to need prompt attention, they will direct you to the most appropriate location for assistance.

You can avoid problems occurring with your dental implants during the coronavirus pandemic by avoiding hard and sticky foods such as nuts, sweets, and ice that can damage the bridges or dental crown.

You must clean the dental bridges thoroughly twice a day with an interdental toothbrush or super floss, and after that, brush the teeth and surrounding area with fluoride toothpaste. Your health and well-being remain a top priority of dentists who thank their patients for understanding the situation during Covid-19. They will be reopening their practices as soon as it is safe to do so, encouraging patients to contact them for an appointment. The ADA has already issued new guidelines for dental practices eager to return to work, and the time when you can get one-on-one advice for the problems you are experiencing is not far away.

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