By investing in dental implants, you made a positive, smart choice. You opted for a long-term tooth-replacement solution that has a proven, high rate of success in patients of all ages.
Dental Implant Cavity
You may be nervous about taking care of your implants. Though they can not get cavities, that doesn’t mean they can’t sustain a different kind of infection if they aren’t cared for regularly.
What Is Peri-Implantitis?
Just like natural teeth, implants must be cleaned each and every day to keep plaque build-up at bay. Though plaque won’t lead to a cavity, it can accumulate near the soft tissue of your gum causing peri-implantitis. This is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue surrounding the implant.
At first, the gums may bleed and become extremely sensitive, but more serious symptoms involve bone loss around the base of the implant. This could result in gum recession, which would expose the supporting implant structure. The tooth could appear longer and eventually the entire implant could loosen.
Taking Care of Dental Implants
Peri-implantitis is preventable, if you make your dental health a priority.