The Key Points of Maintenance Therapy for Dental Implants: A Literature Review

Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2017 Apr;38(4):e5-e8.


Dental implants require lifelong maintenance and care. Success is defined by biologic factors (presence of inflamed soft tissues surrounding dental implants and radiographic changes in the crestal bone levels) and mechanical factors (stability of the implant fixture and implant supported restoration, etc). Most implant failures are initiated by incipient stages of inflammatory processes, which lead to peri-mucositis and peri-implantitis. The evidence regarding the value of maintenance protocol regarding implants is sparse compared with the one for teeth. This article addresses the existing literature on processes for oral hygiene for implant care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Appointments and Schedules*
  • Dental Care*
  • Dental Implants*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported*
  • Humans
  • Mucositis / prevention & control
  • Oral Hygiene


  • Dental Implants