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Implant maintenance


Why is maintenance needed?

Dental implants bonded firmly with the bone can function semi-permanently in the mouth. However, if problems occur in the bone supporting the implant, the bone may become incapable of supporting the implant. In addition, the progress of gum disease may cause the same result, similar to natural teeth.
Therefore, to keep the implant in good condition, regular maintenance and throughout plaque control are required.

What care is to be done in maintenance?

In-office maintenance

Bite varies with time. If the bite is left untouched after treatment, the prosthesis may fracture or gum disease may advance rapidly due to a heavy burden on the implant.
Therefore, regular checkups for bite and x-ray examination are important.
In addition, it is recommended that dentists and hygienists clean stains that cannot be removed by daily tooth brushing and patients should receive toothbrushing instruction, allowing for proper at-home dental care.

Daily maintenance

There is no need for special procedures because of the implant.
Tooth brushing is carried out in same way as for natural teeth.
However, as the implant is an artificial material, there is a junction area (boundary line), which is prone to be difficult to clean. Thus, it is recommended to use an interproximal brush (coated wire part) and a dental floss together with a toothbrush.