Dental Implant Cleanings in Dallas
Thorough and competent cleanings for your implants
Your dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for, but since they are not natural teeth they need special instruments to be cleaned correctly. Dr. Tanur and Dr. Ovadia take thorough measures to see that your dental implants receive thorough and proper care after treatment.
Regular dental implant cleanings a necessity
Just as with your natural teeth, routine cleanings are a must to keep implants free of bacterial plaque and maintain the health of the supporting gums and bone. The doctor and our hygienists will create a hygiene maintenance schedule to ensure you are getting adequate care.
Our hygienists are specially trained in the cleaning of dental implants and will use special instruments that do not scratch the implants when cleaning. Bacterial plaque attaches far easier to scratched or irregular surfaces than to surfaces that are smooth.
The doctor will check with you periodically at the end of your cleaning appointment and will make any adjustments to your cleaning schedule as needed.
Home care for your dental implants
It is equally important that you know how to adequately clean your dental implants at home. Our hygienist will train you in the brushing and flossing techniques that are effective and will recommend the best products to use.
Can complications occur with dental implants?
If the implants are placed properly and the hygiene maintenance is adequate, complications are rare. But there are other factors that can cause problems to develop and they should be treated quickly when discovered.
When an implant starts showing complications that include gum disease and bone loss, it has what is known as peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis has a number of possible causes, and a full exam using our state-of-the-art diagnostics can get to the source of the problem. You should contact us immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- tenderness of the gums around the implant when brushing
- the area around the implant is sensitive or sore
- your gums near the implant start to turn red or purple
- your gums near the implant start to swell
- pus drains from the implant area
- you have bad taste coming from the implant site