Dental Implant Care

Dental implants are an attractive and effective way to restore your smile. They’re a convenient solution that looks and function like your natural teeth. Proper home care is important to protect the long-term viability of your implants. When it comes to protecting dental implants,  “the goal of oral hygiene is to prevent infection.”

You do this in the same way care for your natural teeth, with a daily regimen of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash, and using an interdental cleaner (a device designed to clean between your teeth).

It’s important to choose gentle hygiene products for use with your dental implants for two reasons: You want to avoid scratching your implants and you also want to avoid irritating the soft tissue around your implants.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

There’s a lot of discussion about which type of toothbrush works best around dental implants and other types of dental work. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted to determine whether electric or manual toothbrushes are the safest and most effective way to protect your dental implants. So far, these studies “show no significant difference between sonic, electric, or manual toothbrushes.”

One thing is clear, though. You should select a toothbrush with soft bristles. There’s a consensus in the dental literature which “supports the use of soft or extra soft brushes as a means to clean the surface of  a titanium implant safely.”

Make sure to brush for at least two minutes and cover all sections of your smile. Many electric toothbrushes contain a timer to help remind you to brush long enough. Electric toothbrushes are recommended for patients who have difficulty applying sufficient pressure on their own.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

You’ll want to choose a toothpaste that doesn’t contain any abrasive ingredients. That means you should avoid toothpaste with baking soda, stain-removing toothpaste, and smoker’s toothpaste. You should also avoid toothpaste containing either stannous fluoride or sodium fluoride because they can damage the titanium in your dental implants.

Choosing the Right Interdental Cleaners

An interdental cleaner removes debris from spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss is the most common interdental cleaner, but water flossers (also known as oral irrigators) and interdental brushes are alternatives to flossing.

Flossing is an effective way to clean around dental implants. Dentists recommend using either nylon-coated floss or floss that’s designed specifically for use with dental implants. Floss with pumice or whitening products should be avoided.

Many people find water flossers to be a gentle and effective alternative to dental floss. Recent have studies found that, when compared to dental floss, water flossers are “up to 50% more effective in reducing gingivitis and up to 93% more effective in reducing gingival bleeding.”

Interdental brushes are another alternative for cleaning between your teeth. Make sure to select one that’s plastic or plastic-coated as interdental brushes with metal wires are not recommended for use with implants.

Choosing the Right Mouthwash

You should rinse with mouthwash every day. Research shows that for patients with dental implants “the use of an antimicrobial rinse, in conjunction with a rubber tip stimulator, may be recommended to inactivate bacteria.” Be sure to use a mouthwash that’s alcohol-free because alcohol dries out your mouth and this interferes with your body’s natural ability to fight off dangerous bacteria.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

                                                                     

                   

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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