Note from implantologist & periodontist in Culver City Dental clinic (United Dental Care)
We truly appreciate your entrusting us with your dental care. We congratulate you on making the right choice to replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
Medical and dental sciences have advanced considerably, and dental implantology has not been an exception. As dental implant engineering and placement techniques have improved within the past few decades, more and more dentists recommend that as standard of care when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
Dental implant placement is a journey. It involves multiple appointments, dedication of time, and investment on your behalf, and we are well aware of that. Therefore, we would like you to know we implement protocols and do what we can to have the best possible outcome.
We further would like to inform you of your obligation to do your part to help protect your investment and prevent /reduce chances of complications. Based on latest researches, if implants are not cleaned at home on daily basis, and if professional cleaning and maintenance is not done on the regular basis, there will be at risk of gum disease, bone loss, and complete failure.
Therefore, we are recommending all patients with dental implants to return for periodic maintenance visit every three (3) months. During these visits, your dental professional will examine your implants as well as your teeth, clean implants and teeth via mechanical debridement and anti -microbial agents, and can detect early signs of disease early on, in which case it will enable us to treat and have a better outcome. Furthermore, more frequent maintenance visits will help prevent gum disease and inflammation for the rest of your teeth, will prevent progression of dental disease such as decay, and will save you from discomfort and extra expenses. Cleaning is always more painful when gums are inflamed, and patient who return more frequently for cleaning indeed experience little to no discomfort. Moreover, based on the latest research, oral health is directly related to your overall health. You will do yourself a favor by adhering to above protocol to reduce your risk factors for developing serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis in addition to enjoying a good breathe, healthy gums and teeth, and nice smile.
While no warranty of any kind was provided, we usually provide care for implant complications at reduced fees. We reserve our rights to determine the amounts with which these fees are reduced or waved based on your loyalty and your caring about yourself by adhering to the above protocol. If the above protocol not followed diligently and you fail to return on time for the maintenance visits, you will jeopardize your oral health as well as your implants, in which case we expressly wave our responsibility.
Dr. David Farrivar, DMD