Caring for Your Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Guide

At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, understand the importance of proper care and maintenance for dental implants. Whether you have Implant Supported Overdentures or individual Restorative Implants, following a dedicated care routine is crucial for their longevity and functionality.

Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They involve surgical placement of titanium posts into the jawbone, which then fuse with the bone, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth.

Daily Cleaning and Oral Hygiene

Maintaining oral hygiene is paramount in caring for dental implants. Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using a non-abrasive toothpaste are essential steps. Flossing daily with implant-specific floss or interdental brushes helps to remove plaque and food particles around implants.

Regular Dental Check-Ups

Routine Dental Exams and Cleaning are essential for the long-term success of your implants. These appointments allow your dentist to monitor the health of your implants, gums, and surrounding teeth.

Managing Gum Health

Healthy gums are critical for the success of dental implants. Regular Periodontal Treatments can prevent gum disease, a leading cause of implant failure. Maintaining good gum health will protect the foundation of your implants.

Avoiding Harmful Habits

Harmful habits such as smoking can negatively impact the health of your dental implants. Smoking can slow down healing after surgery and increase the risk of implant failure. Reducing or eliminating smoking is strongly advised for implant longevity.

Eating a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet plays a significant role in the health of your dental implants. Avoiding hard and sticky foods can prevent damage to implants. Nutrient-rich foods promote overall oral health, benefiting both natural teeth and implants.

Using Protective Appliances

If you grind your teeth, consider using a night guard to protect your implants. Grinding can put excessive pressure on implants, leading to damage. Orthodontic solutions may also be recommended to address underlying issues that contribute to grinding.

Commitment to Implant Care

Proper care and maintenance of dental implants are crucial for their success. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients in Topeka, KS, enjoy the full benefits of their dental implants. Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett are here to provide you with the best guidance and care for your implants.


  1. Journal of Prosthodontics – Best practices for dental implant care.
  2. American Academy of Implant Dentistry – Maintaining dental implants.
  3. Clinical Oral Implants Research – Long-term care for dental implants.

For more information on caring for your dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call 785-272-3864 or visit our website.