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Can dental implants be cleaned manually or with lasers? No,

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Can dental implants be cleaned manually or with lasers?

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I might need an implant and I can't tolerate the untrasonic cleaners because of sensitive hearing problem that I have

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Dental implants (or more properly, the abutments or attachments that are connected to implants) can be cleaned manually. In fact, with the increasing experience with peri-implantitis and peri-implant mucositis, the necessity of proper oral hygiene for implants is receiving more and more attention. Most notably, patients must be aware that implants require much the same oral hygiene efforts as natural teeth to minimize the risk of gum disease.

As for the use of ultrasonic scalers (e.g., Cavitron) on implants, it is generally considered inappropriate to use these devices on implants because they can scratch implant hardware and cause them to retain more bacterial biofilm. Therefore, you should not have to convince your dentist not to use the ultrasonic scaler on your implants simply because of your intolerance to their noise; it is not recommended to use this device on implants, regardless of tolerance. Dental manufacturers are coming out with special plastic instruments that are specifically made to clean around implant hardware, and your dentist should be using this instrumentation-- you should not have to ask for it.

Hope this helps...

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