Dental implants have resulted in the best solution for people who have lost one or more teeth. Currently, more than 90% of implant treatments are successful. In order for this success to continue and for patient satisfaction as regards aesthetics and functionality to also stand the test of time, it is important for that both the patient and the dental clinic ensure good dental implant maintenance.
As a patient, what should I do?
Primarily, follow the instructions and advice provided by your dental clinic. It is important that you follow the specific oral hygiene techniques for implants, which will depend on the treatment received, the implant material (titanium or zirconium) and the crowns (porcelain or zirconium).
Brushing, flossing and mouthwash
It is essential to prevent bacteria from settling around the surface of the implant. Therefore, good oral hygiene begins with the use of soft synthetic brushes with a rounded tip. For hard-to-reach areas, dental floss is recommended. To complement this, mouthwash can be used to help inhibit the accumulation of bacteria, however, care must be taken not to overuse mouthwash in order to avoid staining your enamel.
At the same time, and no less important, you should make sure that attend the check-ups recommended by your specialist, since the care of the implants does require professional supervision.
Dental implant maintenance at dental clinics
Dentists play an important role in the long-term maintenance of dental implants. These are some of the main measures:
- Motivate the patient and inform them of the ideal oral hygiene techniques
- Establish follow-up checks, according to the patient’s needs, to:
- Monitor the peri-implant tissue and other elements related to the implant
- Control plaque and remove any build-up of deposits
- Carry out pocket probing
- Scale and polish implants
- Check sealing endurance and for any micro-movements of implants
- Evaluate dental occlusion (contact between teeth)
- Carry out follow-up X-rays at 6-12 months
The objective is to verify that the peri-implant tissues are healthy and that the implant retains optimum aesthetic and functional results. This prevents the appearance of diseases such as mucositis and peri-implantitis.
Oral implantology has evolved to such an extent that it is now very difficult to distinguish which tooth is natural and which is an implant. However, despite their biocompatibility, implants and their structures are nevertheless still foreign objects in the mouth. Even if you do not feel any discomfort or pain in your mouth, we would recommend that you make sure you keep up correct dental implant maintenance to increase their durability.