A dental implant is essentially two different pieces of dental work. It consists of a titanium abutment installed into your jaw bone and a dental crown made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. Even though these materials are completely impervious to the ravages off tooth decay, they are still vulnerable to complications from gum disease.
Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes gum disease that can in time compromise the abutments anchoring your implant to your jaw.
You can help prevent this from happening by brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once per day. If you’re having trouble working floss around the dental implant, you might want to try using a waxed variety. The waxy coating helps it slip into tight places without the risk of snapping it into your gums and injuring them.
The regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Gregory J. Brandau, includes a cleaning procedure that will remove any residual hardened tartar and monitor the health of the implant as well as your gums.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your new dental implant in Sarasota, Florida, you can always call Sterling Dental at 941-926-9888 to ask a question.