Dental implants are the ideal treatment
for filling gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth.
You can trust Dr. Timothy Kosinski,
one of Michigan’s leading implant practitioners,
to provide you with natural-looking dental implants
that will give you a smile to be proud of.
If Dr. Kosinski has already restored your smile with dental implants, then you’re aware of the numerous benefits this treatment has to offer. Dental implants are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, so they blend in perfectly with your smile.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent part of your smile, so you’ll never have to take them out for cleaning. And because dental implants are surgically attached to your jaw, they’ll never embarrass you by shifting position or coming out while you’re talking or eating.
Choose Gentle Hygiene Products
Dental implants provide benefits you won’t get with any other type of restoration. That’s because they stimulate healthy jawbone growth and help protect you against gum disease. Dental implants also prevent your cheeks from sagging, which can seriously distort your face.
One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they’re easy to care for. In fact, your cleaning regimen with dental implants is almost exactly the same as it is with your natural teeth — just brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash every day.
There is one crucial difference when it comes to caring for your dental implants: It’s essential to choose gentle cleaning products that won’t damage the implant or irritate the soft tissue around its base.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
When shopping for a toothbrush, you’ll want to find one with soft or extra-soft bristles and a head that fits comfortably in your mouth. There’s been a great deal of research on which type of toothbrush is best for patients with dental implants. These studies show that you can effectively maintain your dental implants using either a manual or electric toothbrush.
It’s essential to brush for at least two minutes, making sure to go over all the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Many patients choose an electric toothbrush with a timer to remind them to brush long enough. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended for patients who have difficulty applying enough pressure on their own.
Toothpaste containing abrasive ingredients can scratch your implant and irritate the soft tissue that supports it. Ingredients you’ll want to avoid include sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, and baking soda. You should also avoid whitening toothpaste and smoker’s toothpaste.
Choosing the Right Mouthwash
Rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash is an important part of your daily oral health regimen because it fights the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. When choosing your mouthwash, avoid teeth-whitening mouthwash and mouthwash containing alcohol. Alcohol causes dry mouth, a condition that interferes with your body’s natural ability to defend itself against dangerous bacteria.
Choosing the Right Interdental Cleaner
An interdental cleaner such as dental floss removes plaque and debris from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Patients with dental implants will want to choose nylon-coated floss or floss that’s designed specifically for use with dental implants. It slides more easily between your teeth and it’s more gentle on your gums.
Many patients with implants find interdental brushes to be an effective alternative to flossing. If you select an interdental brush, look for one that’s either nylon or nylon-coated. Avoid metal interdental cleaners that can damage your implants.
If you have any questions concerning the procedure please contact Dr. Kosinski or one of the staff. The staff is very well educated and can answer most questions. If they cannot Dr. Kosinski will come to the phone or set up a time for you to discuss your concerns. The office phone is 248.646.8651, the e mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.