AFTER CARE AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPLANTS
Implants are not “Fit and Forget” they need the same care and attention as natural teeth. On completion of treatment it will be necessary for you to attend a number of recall appointments to check the condition of the implants and to adjust the bite if required.
We recommend the following things for maximising oral hygiene and therefore longevity of implants
Brush twice daily for 2 minutes with a Fluoride toothpaste, ideally using an electric toothbrush. I recommend Philips Sonicare
Clean interproximally (inbetween the teeth/ implants) carefully using either interproximal brushes or floss.
Rinse twice daily with a recommended mouth rinse such as Ultradex or Corsodyl Daily
After this, regular six monthly dental check-ups are required to monitor the condition of the implants and any remaining natural teeth. Should the natural teeth become infected or are lost for any reason the remaining implants may be damaged by the extra pressure caused by the additional work load.
Implant supported removable dentures only
If a removable denture has been made to fit over your implants it is important to understand that in addition to the above it will require replacing approximately every three years, depending on the amount of bone loss, which has occurred from your mouth. Failure to compensate for this loss, by adjusting or remaking the denture, will place extra strain on the implants, which could result in their eventual loss or breakage. If the over-denture is hold onto the implants by mechanical clips, then these too will eventually need to be periodically replaced as a result of wear due to normal function.