Looking after your Dental Implants



Looking after your Dental Implants

Bacteria around dental implants can infect the surrounding bone and gums causing swelling, discomfort, bone loss and if not treated early implant failure.

It is important to keep your implants free from plaque with good oral hygiene at home and regular appointments with your dentists and your hygienist.

Peri-Implant disease

Mucositis: Peri-implant mucositis is the inflammation of the gums around your implant. Its cause is dental plaque formed in your gums. The main symptoms of mucositis are swelling, bleeding and red gums around your implant. Good oral hygiene is important to remove the bacteria and prevent gum inflammation.

Peri-Implantitis. If the plaque is not removed, it continues to grow under the gums and hardens into tartar. The tartar’s rough surface attracts even more bacteria resulting in bone loss. If not diagnosed on time, the bone around your implant will start to break down resulting in reduced implant support, mobility and eventually implant removal.

Looking after your Dental Implants

Brushing your dental implant twice a day with manual or electric toothbrush will remove most of the plaque on the outside and inside of the implant surface.

To clean the sides of your implant an interdental brush should be used. The interdental brushes are available in different sizes and your Dentist or your Hygienist will assess which one to use. Special brushes with angled neck can be also used to clean the area where the implants meet the gums.

If you have implant retained overdenture small brushes can remove the plaque from the abutment posts and protect the surrounding tissues. Some implant restoration can be more difficult to keep clean. An implant retained bridge with several implants or an implant with artificial gums can be kept clean with a tool called a water flosser that can be helpful to dislodge trapped food particles.

It is important to visit your dentist and your hygienist regularly in order to prevent peri-implant disease. With regular assessments any problems will be diagnosed early preventing severe loss of the bone around your implant. Special equipment such as Airflow can be used in order to remove the plaque around your implant without roughening its surface. It is recommended to see your Hygienist every three months during the first year after implant placement and then depending on your oral hygiene every six months.

Dental Implants are the ideal treatment to replace your missing teeth. High quality implants and implants components placed by experienced dentists and followed by good oral hygiene are highly successful.

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