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Probing around a dental implant

What does your DDS or specialist recommend regarding probing around an implant (once fully integrated and restored)? I have heard both do and do not probe. I have plastic probes available so as to not scratch the implant.



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At my office we probe with plastic probes. We also clean around the implant with plastic hand instruments. The probe depth is important to keep track of to ensure the bone support stays healthy around the implant.

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I just went to a ce class on this taught by a fabulous periodontist who works for the most well known perio practice in the boston area. He said to always probe implants which I already knew but he also said there is no reason to use plastic probes! He wants is to use metal probes as he says we get much more accurate readings from them and there has never been a negative affiliation with metal probes on an implant.

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I agree with using only plastic probes and scalers, however I have had an incident of peri implantitis where the plastic was not affective and i had to use regular scalers very carefully. Dr. even recommended I place atrodox. Results was awesome. pt healed and she’s on a 4 month recare. That was definitely over a year ago.

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I attended a conference regarding this issue, Susan Wingrove was the speaker. She address that implants need to be probed for a baseline and continue to be monitored with the increase failure due to peridontal disease. You need to probe with like metals, find out what type and use the same metal instrument.
If you would like to learn more she has a great book, Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: A Clinical Guide to Implant Maintenance, a textbook for Wiley-Blackwell .

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After osseointegration takes place I treat it like any other tooth. It needs to be probed, scaled and xrayed to monitor the bone health.

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I have also heard both ways…but I did do a study club with 2 different perio offices, one didn’t really even give a direct answer, like no one wants to take accountability. The other office though, straight from the periodontist, said she never uses a cavitron, not even the implant tip inserts and she always uses her traditional, metal instruments. She is VERY careful and goes very slowly around them, but that she felt (as do I) that the plastic instruments are useless and do nothing. If there is cement or calc on the implant, it needs to removed and plastic won’t cut it. I still have concerns using metal instruments, maybe because it was drilled into me in school, never to use them.?? We have titanium instruments in my office and I feel better about using them and much easier to use than plastic

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I think it is important to probe around implants at every hygiene visit with a plastic probe. My doctor does as well. We like to make sure the implants are stable and not loosing any bone integration. I generally note PD at each visit to monitor it. That way if we notice anything abnormal or feel that the implant is in danger we send them to their periodontist.

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I have always used plastic probes and instruments, until recently. The DDS I work for attended a class that said it was safe to use metal instruments. Sorry I do not know the name of the course. Much more effective then plastic.

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I too use plastic probes, plastic scalers and cavitron tip with plastic implant cover. I attended a study club meeting with a periodontist and he said he would rather see metal used vs nothing at all.

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In school, we were taught to evaluate bone levels on radiographs annually and only probe if there was a change on film, or obvious clinical signs of trouble.

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I only probe implants if there is radiographic changes. Then, I use plastic instruments and Polish made by Ivoclar specially for porcelain

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I use the plastic yellow and black probes on everyone. I use regular instruments on implant crowns. Probing depths can be up to 5mm on implants as a baseline I heard from a periodontist and oral surgeon. I also use the cavitron for implants with the plastic cover. There really is no need to use plastic hand instruments because if you can actually clean the titanium implant……there is major issues. All that is there to clean is usually the porcelain crown and you can use regular ultrasonic and hand instruments on crowns.

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