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Dental implants might replace a tooth, anchoring a bridge or providing a secure hold for your dentures. Regardless of what type of implant you have they will still require routine care. Your implants represent a serious investment in returning full function to your mouth and with proper care, they can last for many years to come.

Even though the titanium of your abutment, crown or bridge is made from materials that are not prone to decay, the quality of their care can have a serious impact on the health of your gums.

Bacteria and plaque that builds up on your implant can easily harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is one of the main causes of gum disease. If gum disease is allowed to advance it can cause your gums to recede from the crown exposing the base of the titanium abutment. These pockets often harbor infection which can cause a loss of bone material in your jaw. In time this can and will cause the implant to fail.

Brushing and flossing twice per day will help remove much of the food particles and plaque before they can harden. Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash will also help kill bacteria and wash away any residual food particles. Even with a good oral hygiene routine, it’s not uncommon for a little tartar to build up in your mouth.

Tartar build up can only effectively be removed by the professional techniques and equipment your dentist uses at your regular checkup.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 916.567.0900 to schedule an appointment.