When dental implants first emerged onto the oral health care scene over two decades ago they were primarily used to replace a single tooth that was missing as a result of advanced tooth decay or an injury that required extraction.
As dental implant technology has continued to develop they have come into common practice with a host of other applications. Dental implants have become a very effective option for restoring the full function of your mouth, by their ability to anchor a bridge or create anchoring abutments for denture implants.
Even though the abutments, crown or bridge of your dental implants are made from materials unaffected by tooth decay, they will still require routine care. Food particles and plaque can build up on the implants the same as your natural teeth. In time this can harden into tartar, which is one of the primary causes of gum disease.
If gum disease is left unchecked, it will cause your gums to recede creating pockets of infection. Initially this allows bacteria access to the cement holding the crown or bridge to the abutment. In time it can also cause a loss of bone material around the anchoring abutments causing them to loosen or even fall out.
Make sure you brush and floss around the implant or denture anchors twice per day. You can then follow this up by vigorously rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can then wash away loose food particles and kill bacteria.
At your regular dental checkup your dentist will remove any additional plaque and bacteria. They will also monitor the implant and the surrounding gums for any signs of trouble.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 435.723.6120 to schedule an appointment.