Immediately following surgical placement of the implant, the wound is often sensitive, so you may not be able to use a toothbrush in that part of your mouth. You can prevent plaque buildup by using antibacterial mouth rinses and/or gels as recommended by your dental professional. One to two days after the implant insertion you can use a special, very soft toothbrush to clean the area. Once the dental prosthesis (crown/denture) has been placed, you can start brushing around the implant. Remember to brush thoroughly.