The maintenance of implants is about ensuring the gum health around the implants is excellent.
Films of bacteria called Biofilm start to appear on implants as quickly as they do on teeth. The major problem is that this biofilm on implants is resistant to antibiotics and antiseptics. Hence, the biofilm can damage the tissues that keep the implant in place. Thus, the accuracy of your cleaning of your teeth and implants is very vital. This means that oral hygiene and care of implants is vital not only after the final crowns, bridges or denture placement but also during the healing (osseointegration) phase.
Dental Implant placement requires the patients gums to be healthy prior to implant placement and at least 6 months healing period allowed after any gum (periodontal) treatment.
Studies have shown that patients who smoke and patients with previous poor gum health (periodontal health) occurrence have a reduced success rate to patients who are not smokers and with no previous gum health problems. This means that we prefer to re-assess and monitor the implants more frequently on patients who smoke and patients with previous poor gum health (periodontal health) occurrence. Thus we recommend that smoking is stopped before and after any implant treatment.
We recommend that you have regular hygiene treatment at least every 6 months. For those patients who have had gum disease prior to starting the treatment, hygiene treatment is recommended every 3 months.
We also recommend an annual examination and a regular radiograph to check the implant treatment. At the examination, we look for signs of gum disease or Peri-implantitis. We also assess the bite as movement of natural teeth may change the dynamics of the bite, which may create an overload from the implant. The radiograph allows us to check if there any any bone loss around the thread of the implants, using the each thread as a relative measurement. If there is bone loss we need to determine the cause and address this as soon as possible.
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