Poor dental implant care poses risks

Implants are a substitute for a natural tooth root. They are made of titanium and are normally screw or cylinder-shaped. Once in place, and after the gum has healed, an internal screw or post is placed into the implant. This allows false teeth, crowns and dentures to be fitted.

What a lot of patients do not realize, however, is that implants are no different from natural teeth and roots. They must be kept clean and maintained regularly, or they run the risk of peri-implantitis, a bacterial infection around the implant that results in inflammation of the gums. This infection, left unchecked, can even lead to bone loss in the jaw itself.

Dr Aws Alani, consultant in restorative dentistry at King’s College Hospital in the UK, says implants have been a very successful innovation over the last 30 years. But he says patients are often not aware how to maintain them – and that can cause problems.

“There is an attitude that implants are indestructible, but that’s not the reality. The majority of cases are successful as long as patients are told how to care for their new teeth.”

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