The maintenance of dental implants, as well as of the prostheses that are placed on them, is as important as that to be given to natural teeth.
This condition is explained by the fact that chewing involves movements involving muscles that can exert great force on the teeth.
Natural teeth are equipped with defense mechanisms that implants do not have, such as the periodontal ligament, which surrounds the roots inside the bone and acts as a shock absorber.
Due to the lack of this defense mechanism and the consequent lack of flexibility, it is necessary to maintain maintenance and control routines over the implants, in the same way as is done with the rest of the teeth.
The possible failure of an implant is generally associated with an inflammatory process that affects the tissues surrounding a dental implant (peri-implantitis) or with functional overload. Due to lack of timely treatment, the patient may lose the bone support in which the implant was placed.
To avoid a setback of this nature, which would generate defects in the prostheses and facilitate the colonization of bacteria, it is necessary to develop a plan for monitoring the implant and specific health education.
Regardless of the retention system and the number of fixings, it is advisable to comply with a maintenance protocol, which consists of:
- Perform a control X-ray, at least once a year, to observe how integrated the implant continues.
- Disassemble the prosthesis, as far as possible, and sanitize it, as part of a dental cleaning plan, every six months.
- Analyze plaque index, superior bone loss, bleeding and probing depth that is considered pathological.
With the maintenance plan we will be able to detect any inconvenience in time and give it a solution, to avoid greater consequences, as long as the patient follows the advice and instructions of the dentist.
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