Dental implants are a state-of-the-art method for replacing missing teeth. Because they’re made of titanium and porcelain, they are not susceptible to tooth decay. However, if you have implants, you should closely monitor your mouth for signs of gum disease, as this is a major cause of implant failure.
Dental Implants and How They Work
Dental implants provide a permanent, stationary replacement for missing teeth. An implant consists of a root portion made of titanium or a titanium alloy and the visible portion, generally made of porcelain. These two elements combine to give you a durable, realistic-looking replacement tooth that will ensure the long-term health of your jawbone. Because they are made of artificial materials, implants are not susceptible to decay, but if you have implants it’s very important to ensure the health of your gums.
The artificial tooth root makes implants very different from traditional dentures. The root is placed directly in the jawbone, and the bone creates a bond with the titanium, which holds the tooth stationary. As with your natural teeth, the gums help support the implant and hold it in place. Without healthy gums, your implants could become loose and fall out.
Taking Care Of Your Dental Implants
Although your dental implants cannot develop decay, your remaining natural teeth can. Food particles can cling to your implants, providing nourishment for bacteria that live in your mouth. This bacteria can then cause decay in adjacent teeth or can lead to inflammation and eventual infection in the gums. You should continue to brush regularly to help stimulate your gums, and should also floss between any remaining natural teeth as well as around the abutments of your implants. This helps remove food particles or plaque, helps stimulate the gums, and will help prevent the onset of gum disease.
With proper long-term care and good dental hygiene, you can be sure to maintain your new smile well into the future. If you do see any symptoms of gum disease, call our dentist know as soon as possible.