Dental implants are increasingly the dental treatment of choice when it is necessary to replace an absent tooth.

Dental clinics currently have a large number of patients who have dental implants in their mouth. This trend is growing, so current dentistry also adds to its maintenance protocols, the maintenance and care of dental implants.

Many patients who come with the intention of placing implants usually ask if once the implant is in place it no longer fails or if the implant is a treatment that will last a lifetime. Can a dental implant lead to complications?

Dental implants, like teeth, are found in a medium with a high bacterial content. The mouth has millions of bacteria that coexist naturally, but which in turn can cause harmful effects if they are lodged on the dental surface in an exaggerated way.

Although on dental implants the bacteria responsible for dental caries have no effect, despite being an artificial prosthesis, as well as around the teeth an inflammatory process called periodontitis (popularly known as pyorrhea) can be generated, around the implants Dental disease is generated called perimplantitis. This should be treated exactly the same on the implants as it is treated when it develops on the teeth.

If a patient who has dental implants does not correctly perform the cleaning of his mouth, then the implants will be at risk.

Implantology and maxillofacial surgery are disciplines that progress in the midst of continuous change. Therefore, to be aware of progress, dental clinics and professionals specializing in surgery and implantology must be constantly updated.

The above, with a view to performing complex surgical treatments for the rehabilitation of the entire mouth, which allow a high level of patient satisfaction, which is ultimately the raison d'être of implantology.


One of the previous factors to take into account for the success of dental implants, is to get the bone and gum to adhere to its surface. Therefore, taking into account that not all implants are the same, the type of implant that is placed will condition the result and the duration of the treatment in the medium term.

It will also be necessary for the patient to be aware of the quality and options available to choose from. Since another important factor that can facilitate or complicate the cleaning process at home, is the design and execution of the prosthesis on the implant.

In that order of ideas, the patient must know the different treatment options and qualities available, to achieve long-term success. It should, therefore, disregard aggressive and misleading advertising that is based solely on the costs of treatment, without addressing the essential quality factor.

Many patients tend to believe that wearing dental implants frees them from the commitment to daily dental hygiene. However, although the dental implant is a prosthesis, it is housed over living tissues and surrounded by bacteria contained in the mouth, which are capable of causing damage to these surrounding tissues and therefore, damage to dental implants.

It is very important to maintain healthy gums around a dental implant, since the bacterial plaque produces inflammation and this will inevitably affect the support bone and in turn the stability of the dental implant.

Prevention is essential for the success of dental implants in the long term, there must be a rigorous daily cleaning, same as that in the presence of natural teeth, in addition to regularly attending the specialist dentist, to perform professional cleanings in the clinic dental.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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