How to Keep Dental Implants Healthy

Password: Professional Oral Hygiene.

The replacement of one or more teeth with a dental implant requires maintaining the health of the prostheses through regular professional hygiene sessions. Prosthetic rehabilitation with dental implants is now considered a safe technique for replacing one or more missing natural teeth.

To keep dental implants healthy, it is essential to undergo regular professional oral hygiene sessions. This helps to assess the stability of the prosthesis and the effectiveness of plaque removal, and to make any necessary improvements.

Maintaining Dental Implants: Procedures to Follow

The procedures and tools used by the professional are similar to those for the professional cleaning of natural teeth. However, the tools are gentler because the titanium of which dental implants are made is a more resistant material that can scratch easily.

Just like with natural teeth for prophylaxis, therapy, and maintenance protocols, soft pastes are often used to maintain the health of an implant. These pastes serve to polish both the prosthesis and the implant neck and remove tartar biofilm through non-surgical procedures.

Recently, the use of microabrasive powders has also been introduced. Composed of glycine and erythritol, these powders are emitted through special handpieces capable of effectively eliminating bacterial plaque.

During professional recalls, the dentist assesses any loss of attachment using a periodontal probe to also evaluate potential deep and superficial gum inflammation. Additionally, the professional performs, if necessary, radiographic checks to assess the level of bone supporting the implant. The key to success lies not only in professional maintenance, crucial for intercepting complications, but also in daily home hygiene maintenance aimed at removing bacterial plaque, the cause of implant-related diseases (mucositis and peri-implantitis).

“Prevention, even in this case, is definitely better than cure!


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