Is the dental implant prone to cavities or gum disease?

dental implants nevadaDental implants are made of titanium and porcelain, neither of which can be affected by cavities. However, it’s very important to keep your gums healthy both before and after you receive implants. One of the most common causes of implant failure is gum disease, so healthy gums are a must if you have implants.

Dental Implants and Gum Disease

Dental implants, unlike your natural teeth, are not susceptible to decay. They’re made of metal and porcelain, so the bacteria that cause tooth decay can’t affect them. However, there are special considerations concerning implants when it comes to gum disease.

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss when it comes to your natural teeth. In implant dentistry, gum disease is one of the leading causes of implant failure. When you develop gum disease, the gums pull back from the tooth roots, leaving the teeth with insufficient support. Eventually, the teeth can become loose and fall out. The same thing can happen with implants. If the gums become severely infected, they will no longer be able to support the implants, and the implants will become loose. Once an implant fails in this way, the only thing to do is to remove it and start again.

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy When You Have Implants

Because of the problems that can occur when you develop gum disease, many dentists ask implant patients to see them more often than just twice a year, particularly in the first year or two after the implant procedure. This is to ensure the gums remain healthy and the implants remain secure. If signs of gum disease occur, your dentist can treat them promptly and prevent eventual implant failure.

Implants can collect bacteria and plaque just like regular teeth, so it’s very important to brush regularly and floss around the abutments. If you have a removable denture anchored with implants, clean the denture regularly to remove any plaque or bacteria buildup. Taking good care of your implants will help ensure they last you a lifetime.

To ask more questions about the implant process, or to discuss your own implant options, contact our office today!

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.

  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
  • We will be limiting the number of people allowed inside the office at any given time.
  • We will be requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the office.
  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.

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