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Treatment guidelines

Professional oral hygiene

Key points

  • The regular recall control appointment comprises professional cleaning of tongue dorsum, prosthetic components and any supragingival parts of the implant.
  • The routine hygiene appointment can and should be used for detection and management of any complications (e.g. inflammation, prosthetic malfunction etc.), and evaluation of oral tissue condition.
  • To avoid scratching the implant surfaces, for cleaning use for example plastic or titanium scalers.

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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