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Probing Around an Implant

Ask the Expert ForumCategory: Periodontal TherapyProbing Around an Implant
Avatarguestuser Staff asked 6 years ago

Should I probe around an implant? My dentist says there is no true attatchment. Our Periodontist says don’t touch them. My daughter, a hygientist, works in a different office where they are expected to probe around implants.

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Jill Rethman, RDH, BAJill Rethman, RDH, BA Staff answered 12 months ago

Probing around dental implants has always been a controversial topic. Several years ago while attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology, I did my own survey of some of the top implant specialists in the country, asking if they recommend probing around implants. The overwhelming reply was “yes!” Even though there is no attachment apparatus, it’s important to see if there is an ongoing increase in probing depth over time. This is accomplished by monitoring radiographs and probing. Naturally, one must be gentle when probing around implants (use gentle pressure) and use a probe that won’t scratch the abutment surface. Below are links to some articles published in Dimensions that will help you determine the best approach:
Assessment is Key to Implant Success 
Supporting Implant Success
Avoiding Implant Complications