Your implant has integrated with the bone, the final crown is in place, normal function has returned and "it's easy to forget that the implant is even there". This is the outcome we planned for. However, don't forget about your new bionic parts when it comes to home care and checkup visits.
We cannot stress this strongly enough. Regular exams and cleanings are more important now than ever before. Healthy gums are critical to the health of your implants. Natural teeth have "connective fibers" between the roots and the bone. These fibers act as a cushion from chewing pressure and a barrier to bacteria from infecting the bone. Implants do not have these fibers and mild gum infection around an implant can progress to the bone quicker than on natural teeth. Tight gingivia tissue around the implant is the first line defense to bacteria. Regular visits will ensure the health of your entire mouth.
Along with seeing your dentist for regular exams, we urge you to see us annually for an Implant Care System exam. At each exam your implant will be checked for signs of infection (which can be seen clinically before pain occurs), proper chewing contact, and proper bone support. If any problems exists we can respond with prompt treatment and often avoid permanent damage to the surrounding bone.
Nearly all patients that receive treatment for an "ailing implant" improve. What is the difference between those that improve and those that don't? Early detection. If we can discover an infection before bone is lost and support is lost, treatment is quick and the prognosis great. We remove the bacterial source, help you develop methods for keeping the area clean and watch the tissue tighten up to a protective barrier.
Now that you have completed that process, proper maintenance will insure the longest success of your implant restoration. Again, we urge you to see your restorative dentist for regular hygiene appointments and our Implant Care Specialist once a year for an ICS evaluation. If you ever have a question regarding the health of your implant or "something just doesn't seem right" contact our office, we will determine if a problem exists and offer treatment options.