Concerning dental implants and taking care of them, I tell my patients that one has to take care of dental implants as if they were taking care of their natural teeth. In our office, we spend time talking to patients about proper home care after an implant is placed.
Patients make an investment in their health when they select implant dentistry as a treatment option. With proper care, dental implants can last for decades—sometimes for a lifetime. However, just as one has to be consistent about maintaining natural teeth, dental implants require proper home care, which is very similar to caring for natural teeth, as well as regular visits to a dental office for professional cleanings.
My surgical team spends time reviewing with the patient how to maintain their implants and how to keep them clean. We give patients an instruction sheet on home care, and we make sure that they follow up with their general dentist and in our office.
After the restoration is replaced, I like to follow-up with the patient to be sure they are maintaining the cleanliness of their implant. I have my team well trained to discuss with the patients, once the implants have successfully integrated into the jaw and are about to restored, how the patient will need to maintain their dental implants.
Brushing, flossing and other cleaning aids like little proxy brushes and if needed using different mouth rinses that help preserve the cleanliness of the teeth are all part of the protocol. I will usually see the patient after the first year, and if they are maintaining their implants well, then we just have them follow up with the general dentist after that time.
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Dr. Leonard Spector