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Dent Assist. 2010 Mar-Apr;79(2):27-35; quiz 36.

Oral health maintenance dental implants.

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Department of Dental Education, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA.


The dental professional's role is to determine the dental implant patient's individual and specific self care needs. Recommendations and instructions to patients are often determined by the prosthesis design, location and angulation of the implants, the length and the position of the transmucosal abutments, and patient habits such as smoking, oral health motivation, and manual dexterity. To ensure optimal peri-implant health, the patient must maintain daily biofilm removal and maintain regular professional care. The negation of early microbial accumulation on the dental implant surfaces and the elimination of at least 85 percent of plaque biofilm by the patient is crucial for long-term success.

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