IMPORTANT: Aimed at the general public, the Bücco Guide is a general educational guide. Its content presents some of the most common dental practices. However, there are many approaches and philosophies in dentistry and your dentist / specialist will be able to advise you on what he believes to be the most appropriate for your oral health. Do not hesitate to consult a dentist / specialist for more information.
Tartar affects implant prostheses in the same way as it affects natural teeth. If you notice a rough and porous deposit at the base of your prosthesis, it is important to have it removed quickly before more serious problems surface.
Tartar, formed from dental plaque, solidifies it by “mineralizing” it. Indeed, the “alloy” between bacteria, calcium, magnesium and acids contained in saliva creates a whitish deposit whose formation is favoured when the excretory channels of saliva open; this is the case of lower incisors.
This scale formation can be quite rapid in the absence of proper and regular brushing.
Some factors can speed up the process:
It is also possible that some drug treatments may promote the development of bacteria. This mainly concerns diabetes treatments, stress treatments, etc. In addition, people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to scale formation.
Finally, neglected or even absent oral hygiene allows the rapid formation of tartar.
The best way to avoid tartar is to avoid plaque, thanks in large part to good oral hygiene.
Once the scale is installed, it can no longer be removed with a simple toothbrush of any kind. It must be removed by a dentist or hygienist by descaling, most often during annual or biennial visits to a dental office. The latter, which is painless, consists of removing the calcified deposits positioned around the edges of the implants. This treatment can be done manually or with ultrasonic devices. Scaling removes tartar from above the gum but also from the tartar between the gum and the implant (subgingival).
As a general rule, it is considered that descaling should be carried out at least once a year.
Regular visits to the dentist will also help to detect signs of peri-implantitis and treat it quickly to avoid complications.
In any case, do not attempt to remove the scale yourself with a hard object. This could scratch the prosthesis, creating a site conducive to the accumulation of plaque.
When tartar accumulates without treatment, an inflammatory reaction with or without bleeding may occur. It can also result in gingivitis which, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis.
Tartar can cause more serious problems. In this sense, it must be processed quickly.
The accumulation of plaque and tartar increases the risk of
It is important to provide the same rigorous care for implant prostheses as for natural teeth.
Maintenance of fixed prostheses on implants
Maintenance of removable prostheses on implants
Steps to install dental implants
All-on-4®, prostheses on dental implants
Care instructions for the fixed prosthesis
What is implantology?
Contraindications to Implantology
Types of Dental Implants
Mini Dental Implants
Metal-free dental implants
Fixed complete prosthesis on implants
Placement of one or more titanium implants
Placement of one or more ceramic implants
Tartar around the edges of implants