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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 908534, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/908534
Review Article

Implant Maintenance: A Clinical Update

1Department of Periodontics, Surendra Dental College & Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan 335 001, India
2Department of Periodontics, Babu Banarasi Das College of Dental Sciences, Babu Banarasi Das University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 227015, India
3Department of Periodontics, Sarjug Dental College & Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar 846003, India
4Department of Prosthodontics, Rama Dental College and Hospital and Research Centre, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208025, India

Received 10 March 2014; Accepted 13 May 2014; Published 9 July 2014

Academic Editor: Paul C. Dechow

Copyright © 2014 Minkle Gulati et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. The differences in the supporting structure of the implant make them more susceptible to inflammation and bone loss when plaque accumulates as compared to the teeth. Therefore, a comprehensive maintenance protocol should be followed to ensure the longevity of the implant. Material and Method. A research to provide scientific evidence supporting the feasibility of various implant care methods was carried out using various online resources to retrieve relevant studies published since 1985. Results. The electronic search yielded 708 titles, out of which a total of 42 articles were considered appropriate and finally included for the preparation of this review article. Discussion. A typical maintenance visit for patients with dental implants should last 1 hour and should be scheduled every 3 months to evaluate any changes in their oral and general history. It is essential to have a proper instrument selection to prevent damage to the implant surface and trauma to the peri-implant tissues. Conclusion. As the number of patients opting for dental implants is increasing, it becomes increasingly essential to know the differences between natural teeth and implant care and accept the challenges of maintaining these restorations.