Like teeth, for healthy dental implants strict hygiene must be observed combined with regular yearly or six-monthly visits to your dentist.
Complications due to infections
Dental implants, like teeth, can suffer gum recession, i.e. when the gum and the bone of the implant recede from one another, leaving part of the implant visible. In implants, this recession is caused by peri-implantitis, an infectious phenomenon usually caused by poor cleaning in the area around the implants.
If nothing is done to treat the infection and the poor hygiene continues, the infection can spread. This means that the implant will start to move and, finally, fall out.
This kind of complication is rare and involves a fracture of the actual dental implants or of the screws fixing the prosthesis to the implant.
How to prevent infectious complications
By carefully cleaning the area where the gum and the implant come together. You must clean your teeth three times a day, combining careful brushing with the use of interdental instruments (floss or interdental brush).
This must be combined with professional cleaning at our surgery, one or several times a year depending on your dentist’s recommendations.
How to prevent mechanical complications
By having a regular occlusion check-up, i.e. meticulous adjustment of the way your teeth come together when biting. The point is that the tooth with the implant must not knock against the teeth opposite it either prior to or with greater intensity than the others. This adjustment is achieved by lightly polishing either the teeth or the implant prostheses.
Professional monitoring will prevent many of these problems from occurring.
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