Cleanings for Dental Implants in Mission Viejo
Thorough and effective cleanings for your implants
Dental implants can last a lifetime if adequately cleaned and cared for. But implants need special care in cleaning as they are not natural teeth. They need special tools and procedures to clean them correctly.
Dr. Setya and our hygienists ensure that your implants are thoroughly and properly cleaned and their health is maintained after treatment.
Regular cleanings are a necessity
Same as with your natural teeth, routine cleanings are a must to remove the bacterial plaque that accumulates and to maintain the health of the gums and bone surrounding the implant. Dr. Setya recommends that you get your implants professionally cleaned every three or four months. He and our hygienists will tailor-make your cleaning schedule so your maintenance care is adequate to your needs.
Special instruments to clean implants
Bacterial plaque accumulates far easier and faster on rough or scratched surfaces, and our hygienists use special instruments made out of titanium or plastic that do not scratch or damage the implant surfaces when cleaning.
Home oral care education
It is equally important that you know how to clean your implants as part of your personal home oral care. Your hygienist will educate you on the proper tools and techniques for cleaning implants and will recommend the best oral care products to use as part of your hygiene maintenance appointments.
You can even request a special appointment with one of our hygienists for thorough demonstration and detailed training in the use of these tools so your home care is maximally effective.
Can complications develop with implants?
If the implant is placed correctly and it is taken care of adequately with effective hygiene maintenance, complications are rare. But there are factors that can sometimes cause problems to develop and any problems discovered should be treated immediately.
When an implant starts showing evidence of gum infection and an examination shows bone loss around the implant, the implant has what is called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is the result of a number of possible factors and you should contact us immediately for a full exam if you notice any of the following occurring with your implant:
- Your gums around the implant are red or purple
- You feel sensitivity or soreness around the implant
- Your gums bleed around the implant when you brush
- Your gums around the implant start to swell
- You get a bad taste coming from the implant site
- pus starts coming from around the implant
To make an appointment, call 949-482-6089 or click here to request an appointment online.