Maintenance of Dental Implants

Proper hygiene is very important to minimize marginal bone loss. Plaque control should begin after the second surgery. It is tedious and requires considerable effort from both patient and the dentist.

Implant Brush is the most important tool for plaque control. Many implant brushes are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and textures.

Soft bristle implant brush



A soft bristle implant brush type is effective for cleaning the abutment and prosthesis. It allows good lingual access.

Two filament dental implant brush with extra narrow brush head and flexible head is useful for a prothesis with a larger surface area to clean. It is also used at the gingivo-abutment junction. Appropriate size of dental implant brush should be chosen to fit into the space between fully anchored denture and gingiva.

Two filament dental implant brush with extra narrow brush head and flexible head

Dental floss is also an important hygiene tool and is available in many textures. Super Floss is a well known type of dental floss for implants. The first portion of Super Floss is stiff to help thread the floss in the fixed prosthesis. The central portion is wide and spongy floss which remove bacterial plaque between the gums and implant abutments / gums and prothesis’s gingival surface. The distal portion is regular dental floss.

The central portion of Super Floss is wide and spongy floss which remove bacterial plaque between the gums and implant abutments / gums and prothesis's gingival surface

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Use the Super Floss spongy portion to clean the area between gums and the prosthesis

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For more information on the best possible Prosthodontic and Dental Implant Treatment for your case, please consult your Dentist. “There is no online material nor website that can substitute for professional advice.”

Reference
[1] Hobo S, Ichida E, Garcia L T: Osseointegration and Occlusal Rehabilitation, Quintessence Publishing Co., Ltd. 1989

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    • Arnoldo Stratos
    • Jun 21st. 2013 9:22am

    The etiology, or cause, of plaque-induced gingivitis is bacterial plaque, which acts to initiate the body’s host response. This, in turn, can lead to destruction of the gingival tissues, which may progress to destruction of the periodontal attachment apparatus.*”….

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