Gum Disease and Dental Implants - What's the Worry?
Posted on 4/13/2018 by ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center
|When you are missing teeth and opt for dental implants, you have the same worries that you had when you had your natural teeth. Your mouth is still susceptible to the various oral health diseases that could occur if you had your own set of teeth.
Dental implants still require the same type of oral health care as you needed when you had your own teeth, because your mouth is still susceptible to the same bacteria and infections that it was prone to before the tooth replacements.
This includes the risk of gum disease - so do not ignore your oral health just because you have dental implants!
How can Gum Disease Occur with Implants?Gum disease, as the name suggests, is an infection in your gums. As tartar begins to build up in your gum line and is not removed, the gums become infected.
They start out with gingivitis, which may not affect your dental implants and if caught early by our office, they may never be affected. If, however, the tartar turns into calculus and is not removed, the infection becomes deeper and the implants are then affected.
They can begin to break down, just like your natural teeth would. The anchor or root of the implant will begin to become weak, which means the implant can become loose and eventually be lost.
In addition, your jawbone because affected, eventually becoming weak, causing you to lose some bone. This means that you will have a harder time keeping your implants in place.
Caring for your Dental ImplantsHow you care for your teeth when you have implants is crucial to their success. These oral health care habits should help you to maintain optimal oral health care and allow your implants to last for the rest of your life.
- Brush twice a day at least two minutes at a time. When you brush, make sure to pay close attention to every area in your mouth, especially around the gum line of the implants. If it is easier, break your mouth into four quarters, spending around 30 seconds in each quarter. This helps you to focus on the toughest areas of your mouth.
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing is one of the largest defenses against gum disease. Make sure to take the time to floss in between each tooth and on both sides of every tooth. Do not floss too hard, but make sure to remove the bacteria from the gum line.
- Have regular checkups for dental cleanings and exams. At your regular exams, your dental implants will be checked to ensure their stability as well as assess your risk for gum disease. If any risk factors are identified, pay close attention to what you need to do to minimize them.
- Watch your diet. If you eat a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean protein, you will minimize your risk for infection because your body will get the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. If, on the other hand, you consume large amounts of sugar, your body will be more prone to infection, including gum disease.
Caring for your oral health whether you have your own teeth or dental implants is crucial. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, so what you put into it and how you care for it will determine your health. If you want to fight against gum disease, take very good care of your implants.
If you are unsure if you are doing a sufficient job, come in and see us; our staff is happy to help you ensure that you are caring for your implants the right away.
Call us for your periodontal appointment today!