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Receiving implant teeth brings back the esthetics and function you once experienced with your natural teeth. Just as well as natural teeth, implants require regular maintenance care to ensure a healthy tissue environment.
Ball attachment - daily care
Important areas to clean:
Abutment posts (the metal posts attaching the denture to your jaw) and bar
Underneath the prosthesis
Areas around the gums
Brushing the prosthesis
Clean the prosthesis and its attachments carefully, including the underneath area, using a denture brush or a regular toothbrush. A power brush can be a good alternative and an easy-to-handle complement.
Other important areas to clean are the gum side of the prosthesis, where the attachment fits over the bar or ball abutments.
Brushing the abutment
Clean the gum side surface using a soft regular toothbrush. Additional attention should be paid to the abutment posts and bar in the mouth.
Note: Never use a denture brush in your mouth.
A soft end-tufted brush (interspace brush) is suitable for cleaning the areas around the abutment posts.
Clean the abutment posts by passing floss (thick floss) around them. “Shoe-shine” the posts by passing the floss from side to side, polishing from top to bottom and allowing the floss to slip under the gumline. Follow this procedure for each abutment post. Make sure to pass floss around the bar with vertical movements.
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