Having an implant done is a long and an expensive journey. While no one can guarantee they will last forever, however Dr Lee strongly recommends the following to ensure your implant will serve you well with minimal complications.

    Cleaning – optimal cleaning is the most important part of ensuring long-term success of your implant and the supporting prosthesis. Your dentist should instruct you on the cleaning tools and products that best suit your case. Under no circumstance should you ever cease meticulous brushing or cleaning around your implant restoration. If in doubt, brush again! If there is persistent (>1 week) gum bleeding despite your best cleaning effort, this is a typical sign of gum infection therefore please contact your dentist immediately to have this resolved.

    Maintenance – implant complications or failures can occur without significant symptoms and that is why you must see your implant dentist every year for review of your implant and supporting restoration. A number of areas must be checked carefully in particularly your bite, gum health and bone level around your implant. Maintenance procedures may be required including bite adjustment, cleaning and taking a radiograph.

    What you might experience later on?

    Lost filling – occasionally the filling used to seal the screw access chamber maybe lost after many years due to eating, clenching, and grinding. This typically looks like a black hole either in the centre or at the back of your crown. This is not a dental emergency but a new filling must be replaced at your earliest convenience.

    Screw loosening – your implant restoration is tightened to your implant via a screw to the exact manufacture specified torque value. However this screw can become loose over time and your implant crown or bridge would typically feel loose. You must contact your implant dentist immediately to have it re-tightened. A new screw (cost applies) should be used especially if the crown/bridge has been in function for sometime to prevent from unnecessary screw fracturing during screw re-tightening. If this looseness is ignored where eating and biting is continued, this could result in bone loss, screw fracture, or implant inner screw thread damage. In the worst case scenario could eventually lead to implant failure.

    At any time, if you have any questions, concerns or problems. You should contact your dentist first for advise and management. However should you require a second opinion, feel free to arrange an appointment with Dr Lee.