If a large cavity or gum disease has caused your tooth loss, you likely want assurance that your tooth replacement device will not fall victim to the same conditions. Indeed, dental implants, which are made of titanium, are not directly susceptible to attack by the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. However, those conditions can still compromise the bone that is bonded to the dental implant and thereby have a negative effect on the dental implant’s stability.
In order to get the maximum benefits from dental implants, you must maintain them adequately after the oral surgeon places them in your jaw. Your surgeon will give you more complete instructions, but you should plan to continue a sufficient home oral hygiene regimen including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing to minimize the presence of plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
When a patient does develop gum disease or tooth decay after dental implant placement, there’s a risk that the associated inflammation can weaken the bone, which in turn weakens the bond that forms with the dental implant after the oral surgeon inserts it into the jaw. That bone is essential to the stability and structurally complete qualities of the dental implant.
Additionally, patients should not have active tooth decay or gum disease at the time of dental implant placement, as those conditions can affect the bone’s capacity for osseointegration. Your surgeon will examine your jaw to make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implant placement, and that you don’t have any oral diseases that could interfere with osseointegration.
While bacteria cannot destroy dental implants themselves, tooth decay and gum disease still can be problematic for dental implant patients and reduce the stability of the devices. During your treatment planning process, make sure that you understand how to properly care for your dental implants so that they can achieve their expected lifespan. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about this aspect of your care.
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