Risks of Not Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to work just like your own teeth. The biocompatible titanium root fuses with the bone structure of the jaw, and the porcelain crown looks and feels like a natural tooth. Although dental implants do not decay like normal teeth, they can still be vulnerable to dental problems.
Failing to brush and floss properly around your implants can lead to serious problems, including:
• Peri-implantitis, which is a bacterial infection around the implant that can cause gum inflammation and bone loss
• Gum disease, which occurs as a result of bacteria and can lead to bone and gum loss, as well as reduced implant support
• Implant failure, which occurs when the jawbone is no longer able to stabilize and support the implant
Taking care of your implants can reduce these risks and keep you smiling for many years. Brush, floss, and visit our team regularly for professional cleanings. Clean especially well around the gum line where plaque tends to accumulate. You may need to use interdental cleaners to brush around the base of the restoration and remove all debris. An antibacterial mouthwash can be a great addition to your dental routine because it kills even more germs and can keep your whole mouth healthier.
If you notice symptoms of infection, such as inflammation, swelling, pus, or chronic bad breath, contact us as soon as possible. We will evaluate your implant and supporting structures, and recommend the proper treatment to preserve your smile. Call our dental implants dentist in Northridge today to schedule your appointment.
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