Oral Hygiene After Implant
Mr. Tang returns to our clinic 4 months after finishing implant treatment. His concern is bleeding when he eats. Examination shows that oral hygiene around the implant is not so good. We encourage him to keep the area cleaning. Six months later, he does not have any discomfort, because he brushes better. The gums around the implant (Figure I) are healthy.
Although cavity does not form in implants, gum diseases can occur. After implant placement, we need to step up dental care. These days, water pik (water flosser, or water gun) is the most efficient method for oral hygiene, particularly in the back of the mouth, as this case (Figure). Water is pumped out of the machine to clean our teeth and gums, almost anywhere, between the teeth and under the gums.
Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 11/18/2016, last revision 11/19/2016