How to Properly Take Care of Dental Implants
A dental implant can last a lifetime with proper dental hygiene. Your dental implants can’t get cavities but they do require regular care. To keep your adjacent teeth or gums from becoming infected, implants should be brushed and flossed along with your natural teeth. Smoking is also considered a risk for implants. If you are going to get an implant and you smoke, you should try to quit because not only can it stain, smoking can also cause gum problems. If proper oral hygiene is neglected, the gums surrounding your implant can become infected. The infection can cause inflammation of the gums and if not treated early, can lead to bone loss around the implant. This will then cause your implant to become loose. Similar to periodontitis, which afflicts natural teeth, this is called peri-implantitis. It occurs in one of every ten implants and may require surgery or cause failure of the implant.