Dental implants maintenance, a team effort

Managing a patient’s dental implant maintenance requires a team effort to ensure long-term success. As part of the dental team, the dental hygienist plays a key role in dental implant maintenance. A complete assessment of the patient’s dental implants should be conducted at each recare appointment.
During each recare appointment, visual assessment of the patient should include examining the patient for signs of inflammation, bleeding, changes in probing depths, mobility, or exudate around the implant(s). In addition, it is important that implants are evaluated radiographically to determine whether changes have occurred in bone levels. A careful review of the patient’s current medications, as well as a review of his or her health status, is an important consideration in the assessment process.
Due to the nature of the tissue attachment surrounding the implant, dental implants may be more susceptible to inflammation and bone loss when plaque accumulates. Proper maintenance of the patient’s tissues will ensure longevity of the implant. A patient’s home-care routine can significantly influence implant success. It is important that once the assessment is completed, a patient-specific home-care routine is developed for each implant patient.
Proper instrument selection is essential in order to prevent damage to the surface of the implant and trauma to the patient’s tissues. Using stainless steel or graphite instruments on titanium implants can cause pits and scratches on the implant surface. These pits and scratches promote the adherence of plaque and calculus on the surface of the implant abutment. Greater plaque accumulations on implants…read more

Smile Clinic is a leading London dental surgery. We treat all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants .

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We are proud to provide the widest possible choice of private dentistry to our clients including: General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Hygienist services / treating gum disease, Root Canal Treatments (Endodontics), Conventional and invisible Braces (Orthodontics), Occlusion / TMJ disorders, Sedation for the anxious patients

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