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.
Brushing and Flossing
When your dental implant has just been inserted, you will notice that the area around it will be too sensitive to brush for a while. But you can prevent plaque buildup in the area by using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You can start regular brushing of your tooth implant once the crown has been attached.
Regular toothbrushes can’t access the space between teeth, so besides flossing, you can brush the areas between your teeth and adjacent to your implant with a special tiny brush called an interdental brush. Finally, you can use antibacterial toothpaste. Studies have shown that such toothpastes help implants stay healthy.