A dental implant completely substitutes the tooth, not only functionally and aesthetically, but also biologically, since the screw plays an important role of strengthening the jaw bone. Artificial teeth make your speech more articulate, and there is also the priceless psychological gain in a form of self-confidence and better self-image, which are key elements in maintaining mental health. Simply put, implants fully restore all functions that have been hampered or completely absent due to the loss of teeth.
In order to present to patients a clear picture about the benefits of implants compared to other methods of restoration and jaw function recovery, we make use of statistical data:
– Acrylic dentures retain 30% of functionality of natural teeth and they are quite uncomfortable to bear;
– Full arch dentures anchored onto implants provide 80% functionality of the natural teeth and they are mostly comfortable;
– Full dental implant option recovers 90% of dental functionality and it is extremely comfortable.
In short, life with implants becomes a joy, provided that the hygiene around the implant is vigorous, and this is what we will talk about next.
Visually, the difference between a full dental implant (left) and a full arch denture anchored on implants (right) is minimal, but there is a difference is comfort and functionality.
One very important topic for patients who have gotten dental implants is how to take care of them. Unfortunately, patients do not pay enough attention to this issue. Of course, implants themselves do not require special care, but what is extremely important is keeping the hygiene around implants and crowns once you have started fully utilizing them.
After the placement of dental implants and the bone integration period, the implant is covered underneath the gums and cannot be seen. However, the moment they are put to work, or when they are reopened and mounted with the abutment and the crown, their hygiene becomes essential. The area that requires special care is the bond between the implant and the abutment, since any retention of calculus, plaque or bacteria in this area leads to gum disease and jaw bone inflammation, and dental implants cannot fend for themselves the same way natural teeth do, which makes the whole situation potentially dangerous. Although there are other factors, a high percentage of cases of inflammation around implants are due to poor hygiene.
Maintaining hygiene around implant is all about preventing bacteria to find their way into the space around the abutment, which connects the crown to the screw.
The owners of implants will carry them for the rest of their lives, which is why it is all the more important to take good care of their hygiene. This becomes much easier if the abutment and the dental crown are custom made to fit perfectly, leaving no room for bacteria to invade. This is possible only by using a custom made abutment for each implant, whereas the prefabricated abutments may potentially leave more space for bacteria to wreak havoc. When we use custom made abutments, a polished smooth surface is formed underneath the gums, and the bond between abutment and crown becomes aligned with the gums or slightly above them. This will make oral hygiene easier to maintain.
At Cvejanović Clinic, we take the instruction of patients seriously when it comes to implant maintenance because this is the best way to reduce a chance of repeat visits due to inflammation issues. This instruction becomes even more important for those living outside Serbia, since they will be unable to show up for planned checkups.
(video) Oral B Super-Floss, Water Pick i Philips Sonicare.
On the market you will also find specialized appliances for dental implant hygiene, the most popular of which is Waterpik. The downside is that the pulsing stream of the irrigator may carry the bacteria into the space between implant and abutment, so we recommend setting the dial EXCLUSIVELY on the lowest intensity.
U novije vreme popularne su i ultrazvučne četkice, poput Philips Sonicare, koje su se pokazale kao jako efikasne, kako u svakodnevnoj higijeni, tako i sa raznim nastavcima za održavanje higijene oko implanata.