Today we want to give you some recommendations that you can transmit to your patients related to the treatment of dental implants. First of all, let's talk about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implantis a fixed prosthetic device used to cover the space left by one or more extracted teeth.
The parts that make up dental implants are substantially three: The endobone screw, the abutment and the dental prosthesis.
- Endosseous screw imitates the root of a real tooth, so it must fit into the jaw bone or maxilla.
- Abutmentis the connecting element between the endobone screw and the dental prosthesis. It is also called a transmucosal component because it is closely related to the gingival mucosa.
- Dental prosthesis is what replaces lost teeth, therefore, it is an artificial dentition.
The installation of a dental implant is a fully-fledged surgical procedure, usually involving local anesthesiaand moderate sedation. As with any surgical procedure, there is a certain risk of complications.
The material of choice for dental implants is titanium in its pure form. However, the use of zirconiumdental implants is also taking place recently.
If administered correctly, a well-installed dental implant can easily last between10 and 15 years. The prognosis therefore tends to be favorable.
Treating a patient with a dental implant
The patient must understand that proper plaque control will maintain optimal implant function, comfort, and health over the years. The first step in properly motivating your patient and advising them on the correct oral hygiene techniques is to know the specific case. You must be very careful and, above all, positive. For many patients, undergoing an implantation operation is an important effort, both psychological and economic. Showing a very aggressive attitude can produce the opposite effect to that desired. If we inadvertently cause fear in the patient by referring to, for example, losing the teeth again or using the word "but" too much, we could demoralize the patient and make him ignore our advice.
The Implant hygiene recommendations and instructions we provide to our patients will be determined by the position and angle of the implants, the length and position of the transmucosal elements, prosthesis design and habits, motivation, dexterity, and patient condition. 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 prophylaxis tools we have for implant hygiene are similar to plaque control in toothed patients,when choosing and using it, we must always take into account the following: Themetallic nature of the implants and the way in which the soft tissues pick them up.Next, we will examine the material we can use in patients with implant prosthetics.
How do you care for your dental implant patients?
Now we will analyze the products that we can use in case of patients who have dental implants:
1. Plaque Indicators and Revealers: As in toothed patients, they are very useful for the patient to recognize where the plaque accumulates in addition, we can motivate and instruct the patient properly. In addition to their use in the clinic, they will also allow the patient to check at home if they are well, facilitating the progressive improvement of their cleaning technique.
2. Tartar removal: it is very important to take care of the tartar that could easily accumulate on new implants. It is important to recommend scanned visits and that your client can easily identify this problem in order to be able to address his expert efficiently. Remember that excessive tartar build-up could easily cause halitosis.
3. Waterjet cleaning of dental implants: What to do when the dental implant begins to lose its initial shine? One of the most effective ways to help your patient could be to use the water jet, making sure their teeth are clean and accurate.
4. Toothpaste: must have a low degree of abrasion, so it is very important to know the RDA degrees of abrasion of the toothpaste to recommend one. As chemical control agents in plaque, we will choose pastes containing drugs such as triclosan or chlorhexidine.
5. Mouthwash chlorhexidine gluconate are indicated in cases of periimplantitis, mucositis, peri-implants or shock treatments in patients with lack of hygiene. They will be used in usual doses and never more than 3 weeks in a row.
6. Dental irrigators: allow easy disposal of food residues on the base and are not very harmful to rubber. In addition, they allow antiseptic substances to be added to the water (in controlled periods of time) to improve its action. As in patients with dental implants, it is an auxiliary hygienic system, since it does not remove bacterial plaque by itself and its action must be complemented with appropriate cleaning methods.
Here we leave you with our full range of Dentaltix products related to dental implants. Instruments for dental implants