Caring for your dental implants after they’ve healed is very similar to caring for your natural teeth. Dental implants take the place of the missing tooth, which supports the jaw bone and maintains healthy gum tissue. Dr. Datta Malyavantham of Ridgetop Dental in Sterling, VA wants you to know the best way to care for your implants so they can last a lifetime.
Can Dental Implants Get Infected?
Any foreign body introduced to the system poses a risk of infection, but dental implant surgery is done in a sterile environment and is made of a type of material that won’t decay. Dental implants are made of metal, so dental implants cannot decay; however, if gum tissue around the implant becomes inflamed, there may an infection called implantitis.
Implantitis affects the soft and hard tissues around the implants, which can become coated in bacteria that cause gum disease in natural teeth. Over time, these bacteria could form dental calculus, which is a hard deposit that eats away at the gum and bone that keeps the implant in place. The good news is that this can be removed by a dental hygienist, but the best way to avoid calculus is good oral hygiene.
How To Keep Dental Implants Healthy
To avoid calculus forming around your dental implant, make sure you keep it clean and free of plaque just like you would with your natural teeth: brushing and flossing. Keeping up an excellent dental hygiene routine is the best way to keep your implants safe from infection. Take care to clean all sides of the implant. Using an ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash will help keep your implants healthy.
It’s also important to maintain regular dental office visits with your dentist. These regular cleanings will remove any calculus that may have started settling in, but your dentist can also make sure your natural teeth are healthy and your implants are firmly in place using X-rays.
What If I Want Implants Or Need My Implants Checked?
If you think you would benefit from implants due to missing or broken teeth or need the implants you already have inspected, Dr. Datta and his team at Ridgetop Dental in Sterling, VA are ready to help. Please call us at 703-520-7410 or schedule a consultation online today!