Today we are here to give you some recommendations that you can pass on to your patients, related to the treatment of dental implants. First of all, however, we see exactly the definition of dental implant
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a fixed prosthetic device, used to cover the space left free by one or more missing or extracted teeth
There are essentially three parts to the dental implants: the endosseous vine, implant abutments and dentures.
- The endosseous screw mimics the root of a real tooth, so it must fit into the mandibular or maxillary bone tissue.
- the abutment is the connecting element between the endosseous screw and the dental prosthesis; it is also called the transmucosal component, because it is closely related to the gingival mucosa.
- Finally, dental prosthesis is what takes the place of the missing teeth; therefore, it is an artificial dentition.
The installation of a dental implant is a surgical intervention which generally involves local anaesthesia and modest sedation. As with any surgery, there is a certain risk of complications.
The material of choice for dental implants is titanium in its pure form; however, recently the use of dental implants in zirconia.
is also gaining ground.
If properly managed, a well installed dental implant can safely last 10-15 years. The prognosis, therefore, tends to be favourable.
Patient approach with dental implant
The patient must understand that adequate plaque control will maintain the function of the implant, comfort and optimal health over the years. The first step in motivating your patient and advising them on the right oral hygiene techniques is to know the specific case. You must be very careful and, above all, positive. For many patients, having an implant operation is a great psychological and economic effort. Facing a very aggressive motivation based on its failures can have the opposite effect to the one desired. If we unnavocally frighten the patient to hurt him, to lose his teeth again or, for example, to use the word "But" too much, we could demoralize the patient and make him ignore our advice.
The recommendations and hygiene instructions of the implants we provide to our patients will be determined by the position and angle of the implants, the length and position of the transucosal elements, the design of the prosthesis and the habits, motivation, dexterity and condition of the patient. Therefore, the oral hygiene instructions must be adapted to the peculiarities of each patient, as well as to the differences previously observed between the titanium implant and the tooth root. Although the prophylactic instruments we have for implant hygiene are similar to plaque control in toothed patients, when choosing and using them, we should always keep in mind the metal nature of the implants and the way in which the soft tissue collects them. Next, we will examine the material we can use in patients with implant-supported prostheses.
How to take care of your patients with dental implant
We will now analyze the products we can use in the case of patients with dental implants:
- Indicators and plate developers. As in toothed patients, they are very useful to the patient to recognize where he accumulates plaque and we can motivate him and educate him adequately, In addition to their use in the clinic, they will also allow the patient to check at home if they are doing well, facilitating the progressive improvement of their cleaning technique.
Tartar removal: It is very important to take care of the tartar that could easily accumulate in the new implants. It is important to advise marked visits and that your customer can easily identify this problem in order to be able to contact your expert in an efficient way. Remember that too much tartar can easily cause bad breath.
- Dental implant cleaning with a pressure washer. What to do when the dental implant starts to lose its initial sparkle? One of the most effective methods of helping your patient could be to use the power wash, ensuring that they clean their teeth carefully and precisely.
- Toothpaste should have a low degree of abrasion (so it is very important to know the degrees of abrasiveness R.D.A. (Radio Dentine Abrasiveness) of the toothpastes to recommend one. As chemical control agents on the plate, we will choose pastes that contain drugs such as triclosan or chlorhexidine.
- Colluthors of chlorhexidine gluconate are indicated in peri-implantitis cases, mucositis peri-implant cases or inshock treatments in patients with poor hygiene. They will be used at the usual doses and dosages and never more than 3 weeks in a row.
- Dental sprinklers allow easy removal of coarse food residues in the base and are not very traumatic for the gum. In addition, allow you to add to the water antiseptic substances (in controlled time periods) to improve their action. As in patients with dental implants, it is an auxiliary hygienic system, since they do not eliminate the bacterial plate by themselves and its action must be completed with appropriate cleaning methods.
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