Is the dental implant prone to cavities or gum disease?
Many patients who are in need of a tooth replacement find themselves in that situation due to tooth loss as a result of advanced decay or gum disease. They typically want to be sure that the replacement will not be compromised by those same issues.
In short, dental implants themselves are not directly affected by gum disease or cavities. However, the answer to this question is not quite as simple as that sounds.
Dental implants are made of titanium, which means that the devices are not susceptible to the effects of bacteria. Nonetheless, oral diseases can affect the longevity and stability of the dental implant if the integrity of the surrounding bone is compromised.
Sufficient bone material is necessary to support osseointegration with the dental implant. After the oral surgeon places the dental implant in the patient’s jaw, the bone material in the area will form a bond with the implant. If gum disease weakens that bone, for example, the dental implant can fail.
Therefore, active gum disease can affect your tooth replacement indirectly. After receiving dental implants, it’s important to work with your oral surgeon to develop a plan to reduce your risk of periodontal disease and cavities. This will help to protect your investment in your dental implants.
Daily brushing and flossing are important steps to prevent gum disease and cavities, so be sure that you are using the correct technique. Fortunately, dental implants usually can be maintained in a similar fashion to your biological teeth, but you should ask your surgeon if any extra care is necessary in your case.
Patients with dental implants also should continue to follow up with a general dentist at least every six months for professional dental cleanings and exams. This is another important aspect of dental care that will help to minimize the presence of harmful oral bacteria.
Technically, dental implants are not prone to cavities or gum disease. However, those conditions can have negative long-term effects on the dental implant, so it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits and get adequate follow-up care to maximize the lifespan of your dental implants.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today!