Dental Implants (cont.)

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What follow-up care is necessary after getting a dental implant?

Dental implants have the risk of developing an infection called "peri-implantitis." This refers to inflammation of the surrounding bone that holds the implant in place. Peri-implantitis can result in the loss of an implant if left untreated. After getting a dental implant, routine maintenance care at home and at the dental office is essential in avoiding this infection. Home would involve routine brushing and flossing to keep food debris and plaque from sitting around the dental implant. In the dental office, special tools designed to clean implants are used to remove harder calcified deposits around the dental implant.

REFERENCES:

Schou, S. et al. "A 41-year History of A Mandibular Subperiosteal Implant." Clinical Oral Implants Research 11.2 (2000): 171-178.

Singh, K. et al. "Temporary Anchorage Devices -- Mini-implants." National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery 1.1 (2010): 30-34.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014

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