A 61-year-old male asked:
My dentist is too busy to answer question. can i floss adjacent teeth starting the day after having a one stage dental implant surgical operation?
4 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzisanswered
Dentistry 42 years experience
Unfortunate: It is so unfortunate that your provider has no time to talk to you. Flossing should not be a problem as long as you don't disturb the surgical site. This issue as well as many others should be a part of your post op instructions. Make it so.
2.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. Anthony Marraanswered
Dentistry 13 years experience
Floss gently: Flossing is key component of implant home care. Don't aggressively floss around the area and disturb the health tissue. Gently floss the areas adjacent to the implant site. Don't use a water pic this will cause blunting of the supporting soft tissue and can actually push bacteria down into the implant site causing perio implantitis.
1.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Dr. Paul Grinanswered
Pain Management 38 years experience
Highly Recommended: It is highly recommended to use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss. Make sure to floss at least every night, though ideally after every meal.
1.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. Justin Nelsonanswered
Pediatric Dentistry 18 years experience
I would wait: Granted I appreciate your wanting to floss but due to the surgical site still healing (possibly with sutures) I would not floss directly around that area for a week at least. You still want to gently brush the area but please wait on flossing the area
1.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 27, 2016
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