Receiving a tooth implant is a life-changing experience that will help restore your oral function and improve your overall health. In the past decade, dental implants have become the go-to option for replacing lost teeth. This is because they are incredibly durable and can last for the rest of a patient’s life with proper care.
If you have an upcoming tooth implant procedure scheduled with our oral surgeon, you likely have questions about how to care for your mouth after treatment. One common question we get from patients is whether they can use an electronic toothbrush immediately after their procedure. We recommend abstaining from using an electronic toothbrush the first couple of weeks after the implant’s placement – especially at the surgical site. Instead, patients should brush their teeth with a non-rotary brush in soft, gentle circular motions two to three times a day. While it is important to keep plaque from forming at the implantation site and elsewhere in the mouth, the moving bristles of an electronic toothbrush may slow down the healing process and open sutures (if present).
Is an electronic toothbrush acceptable after the recovery period?
In most cases, patients can brush and floss as they normally would after their dental implant has been stabilized by the jawbone. This includes the use of an electronic toothbrush. When it comes to oral hygiene after the recovery process is complete, it is best that patients use what they feel most comfortable with, whether that is a mechanical brush or a battery powered one. The goal is to manage plaque and tartar buildup with thorough brushing and flossing. As long as our patients’ oral hygiene is good and oral structures are healthy, either type of toothbrush is acceptable. For those with questions about oral hygiene tools, we are happy to make recommendations of our favorite products. When shopping for hygiene products such as toothpaste, floss, and brushes, be sure to look for the ADA (American Dentistry Association) seal of approval.
Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists at 817-552-3223 to reserve a tooth implant consultation with our caring and experienced oral surgeon.