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Treatment guidelines

Oral hygiene instructions

Key points

  • Oral hygiene instructions are one of the most important, yet often overlooked, steps in aftercare.
  • Adequate restoration design is essential to facilitate adequate access for oral hygiene by the patient.
  • Plaque retention will predispose to mucosal inflammation and pathology as well as unpleasant oral odors.

Digital Textbooks

eBook: Single Implants and their Restoration
Single implants and their restoration
In a contemporary dental practice implant dentistry should be recognized as an accepted treatment modality based on decades of success. Consequently, clinicians who provide implant surgical and/or prosthodontic treatment should develop and routinely provide patients with a dental implant oral hygiene maintenance protocol to ensure the longevity of the treatment provided. In addition, clinic staff and implant patients themselves should be advised that research has shown maintaining peri-implant tissue health is a key factor related to the long-term survival of dental implants. Furthermore, the maintenance procedures for a dental implant patient will differ in some respects from the program provided for fully dentate patients.


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