Gum Disease Prevention Tips for Those with a Dental Implant or Two
Posted on 1/20/2020 by Dr. Janice Pliszczak
Among all the modern missing tooth replacement techniques, dental implants stand out in a league of its own. This is the most long-lasting tooth replacement method.
They are implanted during a minor surgical procedure where it is inserted into the jawbone in the space that once used to hold the missing tooth. Before the final crown is attached, a few months are left off for healing where the implants finally fuse to the surrounding bone.
Inflammatory conditions that affect the soft and hard tissues surrounding a dental implant are called peri-implant diseases. Similar to natural teeth, bacterial build up can occur at the base of the implant. As time progresses, the bacteria will start to irritate the tissues of the gum leading to inflammation. If discovered late, damage to the gum tissues and bone structure can occur.
What are the Signs of Peri-Implant Diseases?
The peri-implant disease should not be taken lightly because half of implant patients suffer from it. Its signs are similar to those of gum disease: receding gums, tender gums around the implant or bleeding gums. If you suffer from diabetes, are a smoker or have recently suffered from gum diseases, you are at high risk of getting peri-implant disease. Good oral hygiene that involves cleaning the areas below and above the gum line is important to prevent peri-implant disease.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Excessive biting force and poor oral hygiene are the only known ways in which an implant can lose the attachment it has to a bone. Flossing your teeth regularly as well as brushing them with toothpaste and toothbrush followed by professional checkups in our office can prevent the occurrence of peri-implant disease.
Having a night guard is very crucial for your teeth if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. They will do a good job in protecting your implant, which is a long-time investment.