Dental Implant Cleanings
Expert cleanings for your dental implants
Your dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. But since they are not natural teeth, they require special tools to be cleaned correctly. At our office we clean the implants with special titanium instruments that will not scratch the implant surface. Bacterial plaque attaches much easier to scratched or irregular surfaces than to surfaces that are smooth.
Regular cleanings necessary
As with natural teeth, regular cleanings are a must to keep the implant area healthy and free of disease. We will tailor-make your hygiene maintenance schedule according to your specific needs.
Generally, If you have no condition which needs close monitoring, every six months is adequate. If you have some condition which requires more frequent care, we will schedule you accordingly and will explain why it is necessary.
In addition to our regular cleanings, we do a special, in-depth check once per year on the state of your implant and surrounding gum and bone tissue to ensure they are healthy.
Cleaning your implants at home
It is important that you know how to take care of your implants at home as part of your personal dental hygiene program. Proper home care between visits is part of keeping your implants in their best possible state at all times.
We will show you the effective techniques for cleaning your implants properly. We will recommend the proper brushes, floss, toothpaste and mouthwash as well as give you brushing instructions.
Can implants develop complications?
If implants are placed properly and hygiene maintenance is proper, complications are rare. But there are factors that can still cause the implant to develop complications, and these need to be watched for and treated quickly when discovered.
When the implant area develops gum disease and bone loss, the condition is known as peri-implantitis.
Although there are times when no symptoms are seen or felt as peri-implantitis develops, you should contact us immediately if you notice any of the following things:
- Your gums bleed at the gum line when brushing
- Your implant area starts to become sensitive
- Your gums start to turn red or purple
- Your gums start to swell
- Pus starts to come from the implant area
- A bad taste develops at the implant site
To make an appointment, call our Rockwall 972-771-8640 or Paris 903-785-4832 office, or click here to request an appointment online.