Dental cavities are one of the most common health issues in the world. In fact, according to one estimate, more than 90% of people have had at least one cavity. But what if you no longer have your natural teeth? Can dental implants get cavities and develop other problems just like natural teeth? Read this blog to discover useful information that will help you care for your restored smile.
Dental Implants Cannot Develop Cavities
You’ll be happy to learn that dental implants are impervious to cavities.
Natural teeth develop cavities because bacteria interact with sugars in the mouth, which leads to plaque formation. Plaque exposes the teeth to dangerous acids that wear away at the enamel, eventually creating tiny holes in it.
The restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures) that go on top of dental implants can accumulate plaque. While the plaque might contribute to bad breath and adversely affect your smile’s appearance, it will not cause your restorations to decay. That is because the porcelain used to make artificial teeth is more resistant to acids than natural teeth.
Other Problems to Be Aware Of
Even though dental implants cannot develop cavities, your mouth will remain vulnerable to other issues. For example, plaque and bacteria may accumulate along the gumline and lead to gum disease. You could even develop a particular type of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. Left uncontrolled, this infection could lead to dental implant failure. Additionally, your restorations could break if they are exposed to too much force.
How can you protect your new smile from such issues? Here are some simple tips:
- Adhere to a thorough oral hygiene routine. You should thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day and carefully use floss or a WaterPik to clean between your teeth.
- Eat a reasonable diet. Do not overindulge in sugar, and be careful when you bite down on hard foods.
- See your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. A biannual checkup and cleaning with your general dentist can do much to keep your implants in great shape.
What if Your Implants Develop a Problem?
If you ever believe that you have an infection around one of your implants, or you detect signs of other problems, seek professional care right away. A skilled oral surgeon or another dental expert will examine your mouth and recommend your next steps. The sooner you receive treatment, the less likely it is that you will need an invasive or expensive procedure.
Dental implants cannot develop cavities, but just like natural teeth, they need to be protected! Care well for your restored smile so it can serve you well for many years to come.
Meet the Practice
The oral surgery team at Piney Point Dental Implant Center is proud to offer many advanced dental implant services, including salvage for implants that have become infected or damaged. If you are concerned about the health of your dental implants, we are ready to evaluate the situation. Contact our office at 713-597-7340.