Dental implants are meant to function like your natural teeth, and just like your natural teeth they are subject to gum disease or “peri-implantitis” (the destructive inflammatory process that will affect the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants).
The main difference between natural teeth and implants is that the portion of the implant that lies beneath the gum line is made of titanium instead of a natural root.
To properly care for your dental implants, please follow these tips:
Dental implants are just as susceptible to infection as natural teeth, because the area between the implanted tooth and the gum traps food and bacteria. Therefore, the best way to remove it is with regular flossing and brushing twice a day. Pay special attention to cleaning your back teeth and removing food particles from in between your teeth.
Although there are whitening agents that can safely be used on dental implants, they are like natural teeth in that they can also become stained. So be sure to watch your coffee and tea intake, and be sure to brush well after you drink either of these. Smoking can also stain dental implants.
An electric toothbrush may be more helpful than a regular toothbrush for keeping your teeth clean because the vibration can better remove plaque below the gumline. Mouthwash or salt water is also highly recommended for removing bacteria on implants.
The main concern is being careful not to scratch the titanium surface of the implant that is below the gum line, as this can sometimes cause the implant to fail.
At the Dentist
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are important for the health of your new implants. It is important to have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, but depending on your condition, I may recommend a cleaning every 3 to 4 months. You may require X-rays each year in order to check the health of the bone around the dental implants.
Please contact my cosmetic dentistry practice by calling (310) 273-0111. I will be happy to meet with you for an appointment and further discuss how to keep your dental implants healthy implants for life!