Plaque and tartar on dental implants

Can Dental implant get plaque and tartar?

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Our Plantation dentists treat plaque on a regular basis. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your dental implant and gums after eating foods that produce acids. These foods may include carbohydrates (starches and sugars), such as candy and cookies, and starchy foods such as bread, crackers, and cereal.

Plaque can lead to gum irritation, soreness, and redness around the gums. Sometimes, your gums may begin to bleed as a result of plaque. This gradual degeneration can often cause gums to pull away from teeth. This condition is called receding gums.

Long-term plaque can lead to serious problems. Sometimes, the bacteria can form pockets of disease around tooth structures, eventually destroying the bone beneath the tooth.

Can Dental Implants Get Infected?

Since dental implants are completely artificial,  the implant itself cannot fall victim to decay or develop a cavity. However, the life of the dental implant can be cut short if gum tissue around the implant are allowed to become infected and inflamed. This kind of infection — implantitis — affects the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants: the gums and the jawbone.

As the inflammation progresses, your dental implants can become covered in the same destructive bacteria-infested plaque that causes periodontal infections in natural teeth. If left undisturbed, the plaque can harden to form tartar — dental calculus.These rough, hard deposits can eat away at the surrounding gum and bone tissues that hold the implant in place in the jaw.

Once tartar has established itself, this deposit cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Only a dental hygienist with specialized tools can remove the calculus. Failure to remove this substance can cause gum tissue to recede and jawbone to degrade and may eventually result in the implant becoming loose or even falling out.

How To Keep Dental Implants Healthy

To avoid the formation of tartar an dplaque, dental implants should be kept clean and free of plaque and bacteria by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day. Your teeth should be cleaned after meals by gently brushing with and ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothbrush, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.

It is advise using the following:

  • Small, soft, ADA-approved manual toothbrush or an electric brush
  • Low-abrasive ( no baking soda), tartar and plaque-control toothpaste
  • Dental floss for cleaning around the implant
  • Over the counter antimicrobial mouth rinses

Not only should you perform an oral hygiene routine at home daily, but you should also be sure to schedule regular visits to Dr. Harper or your trusted area dentist. The ADA recommends that you have a professional examination and cleaning every 3-6 months. And your implants should also be examined annually by Dr. Harper or your area dentist.

What Can Happens If I Don’t Take Care Of My Implants?

Serious issues can develop with your implants without consistent daily care. Bleeding is usually the earliest sign that you have developed a problem with your implant. This condition — mucositis –is reversible if caught early and successfully treated. Unfortunately if the mucositis progresses to bone loss — peri-implantitis –that condition cannot be reversed. If peri-implantitis is allowed to continue unchecked, advanced bone loss and the implant loosening or even falling out can be the consequence.

What is a Dental Implamt chech up on Cleaning?

A dental implant provider and his team hygienists need to probe and measure the gums around the implant the same as they do around your teeth, checking and compare x-rays annually. In this way, by looking for looseness, and checking the bite, the doctor can see if all of the components are still properly attached to the implant and are functioning as intended.

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