Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years, so now dental professionals and patients need to know what are the best ways to keep them healthy. Good oral hygiene is essential to the success of an implant before, during, and after placement.
Before Implant Placement- Caring for an implant begins the moment a patient decides to have the procedure completed. Often times the tissue can easily become irritated by the presence of bacteria, as well as volatile sulfur compounds. Prior to implant placement you must:
Neutralize Volatile Sulfur Compounds
Destroy the Biofilm layer
During Implant Placement- A healthy field must be maintained in order for optimal healing to be achieved. If pathogens are present it increases the likehood of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. At this time you must control:
Volatile Sulfur Compounds
After Implant Placement- It is recommended that at minimum, 85% of plaque biofilm be removed daily, by the patient to improve the implant's long term success. Breaking-up the biofilm (dental plaque) is crucial in proper oral hygiene but becomes increasingly important with the addition of an implant. To protect their investment as well as dental health you must :
Remove Volatile Sulfur Compound
Activated chlorine dioxide is the optimal choice to remove these pathogens at every stage of implant placement. Many of these pathogens are linked to implant failure. Having a patient rinse with OraCare's activated chlorine dioxide during all stages of implant placement will create an ideal oral environment for long term implant success, and overall improved dental health.
References: Wingrove, S. Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: Clinical Guide to Maintenance and Disease Complications. Wiley-Blackwell 8:2013. Kracher CM, Smith WS Oral health maintenance dental implants. 2010; Mar-Apr, 79(2):27-35