Care for Dental Implants in Louisville, KY
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Patients should brush and floss their implants daily just the same as they do their natural teeth. Long term success of implants is dependent on a good oral hygiene regimen. Without daily removal of plaque, peri-implantitis can set in causing the implant to lose the supporting bone. Peri-implantitis is an inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue due to a buildup of plaque and tartar. This is similar to what happens to natural teeth when they are not cleaned thoroughly and regularly, but peri-implantitis can cause bone loss at a much faster rate. Dr. Douglas C. Lowy and Dr. Reid A. Nelson of LN Periodontics in Louisville, KY can evaluate your implants for this condition as well as provide expert care for your dental implants.

While dental implants function like natural teeth, there are important differences when it comes to professional maintenance. Implants and natural teeth have some distinct differences that require different cleaning instruments. The surfaces of the dental implant, abutment, and crown differ from your natural teeth. Your dental hygienist will use instruments designed specifically for cleaning implants so that the implant, abutment, and crown are not damaged while cleaning.

The dental implant procedure consists of three parts, which are the implant itself, an abutment, and a crown. The different materials used in the dental implant procedure require the hygienist to use specialized instruments to prevent scratching or damage. The scalers or curettes the hygienist will use are typically made from plastics or resins instead of metal. Ultrasonic instruments may also be used during your cleaning, but the hygienist will use extra care around the implant to prevent damage.

Expertise in the dental implant procedure and cleaning techniques for dental implants is important to the long term success of dental implants. A combination of daily brushing and flossing along with regular dental cleanings and exams will help to ensure a long life for your dental implants. Avoid peri-implantitis with good oral hygiene habits at home and recommended dental cleanings by a professional who understands the dental implant procedure.

To receive expert care for your dental implants in Louisville, KY, call Dr. Lowy and Dr. Nelson of LN Periodontics and schedule your appointment today.
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