For Patients

Dental implant cleaning Q&A

A dental implant is meant to replace your missing teeth and last you a lifetime. Having decided to go ahead with an implant, the next step is their proper maintenance so that you get the smile that you deserve !!!

Q) Implants are not teeth, so how do they grow bacteria?
A) Anything in the mouth accumulates food particles, which are bacterial reservoirs. These bacteria do not attack the implant directly, rather they infect the adjacent gums and bones. This leads to weakening of the implant support and eventually their failure due to infection.

Q) What will happen if I do not maintain my implants?
A) Despite their high success rates, 20% of dental implants could fail due to the development of dental infection. Therefore, personal and professional oral hygiene measures capable of removing bacterial without harming the implant are essential to increase implant survival.

Q)What causes an implant to fail?
A)  Although, implants are meant to last a lifetime, the longevity of implants depends largely upon their maintenance and position in the mouth. Maintenance includes both at-home (proper brushing and flossing techniques) and in-office clinic visits. Additionally, factors such as the presence of systemic diseases such as diabetes or medical conditions such as cancer can reduce the lifetime of implants. So does the poor oral hygiene and habits such as smoking that adversely affect the health of the tissues surrounding the implant.

Q) How do I know that my implant has failed?
A) A proper dental implant is supposed to replace a tooth. In case of failure there is a “loose or wobbly” feeling of the implant in the jaw. Additionally there can be bleeding, pain, swelling and general discomfort associated with the said area.

Q) Why do I need a separate product to clean my implants?
A) The available prophylaxis products and toothpastes, which are optimized for cleaning teeth, tend to contaminate and abrade implant surfaces due to their components. So, we need to have a dedicated “softer” product for cleaning the bacteria on titanium dental implants such as NeoPhylaxis gel which is a novel implant-paste specially designed and optimized for implant surface decontamination.

Q) Can it be used to brush my teeth as well?
A) This product is mainly specialized to clean dental implants because there is no proven effective product in the market for cleaning implants. It has no additive particles, minerals or fluoride that is added to regular toothpastes to prevent cavities or the maintain optimal health of teeth.

Q)  Can I do it at home or do I have to visit my dentist?
A)  NeoPhylaxis gel is an “in-office” product to be used by a registered dental practitioner.

Q) Are there any contraindications?
A) There is no known contraindication for this product as it is made from food-grade FDA approved material and our animal studies have proven the product's bio-compatibility.

Q)  Can it be used for any other procedures?
A)  This novel implant-paste could be recommended for surgical decontamination of implant surface and professional cleaning of implants during maintenance visits mainly for patients with implant over-dentures.

Q) Is NeoPhylaxis covered under insurance?
A)  It depends on your treatment regimen. Ask your dentist about the details of your coverage.

Q)  How often do I have to visit my dentist for NeoPhylaxis?
A)  You do not have to book a separate appointment for NeoPhylaxis. Your dentist can apply the gel during a regular implant follow up visit every 6 months.