Maintenance of Implants
Complications with implants can occur, which when they do, become quite disappointing. To prevent such inconvenicences and disappointments, it is most important that the implants are regularly checked and more importantly maintained to prevent such experiences. How frequently is highly individual and needs to be individually assessed. On average, it can range from 3-12 monthly.
1. Non-integration of implant – if this occurs, it is our practice policy to repeat the procedure free of charge. Non-integration will be detected prior to the restorative phase.
2. Infection post-surgery – Generally this is well managed with the use of antibiotics and local debridement.
3. Unsuccessful soft and hard tissue grafting – if such, this can be replaced.
1. Related to the crown/bridge – this may include loosening of the crown, fracture of the abutment screw and wear/tear of the restorations. Generally this will be managed by the restorative dentist/prosthodontist.
2. Related to the gum/bone supporting the implant
3. Peri-implantitis – this is an infection/inflammatory process which leads to destruction of the bone supporting the implant. Generally painless, if detected too late will lead to loss of the implant. Regular maintenance and good oral hygiene is most important to avoid such disappointment.
4. Fracture of the implant – this is very rare especially when using reputable and very well researched implant systems.