Every year, Dr. Scherer of Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center sees many patients who are interested in receiving dental implants to replace their loose or missing teeth. This permanent tooth replacement system is a favored one among residents for many reasons, but unfortunately Dr. Scherer often has to correct the wrong belief that dental implants are maintenance-free and aren’t prone oral health conditions like cavities or gum disease.
Dr. Scherer wants all of his patients to be well-informed before they dive head-first into any surgical procedure, so in this blog, we will be talking about what oral health concerns your new dental implants could be affected by. Keep reading!
Can My Dental Implants Get Cavities?
We’ll start this off with some good news – your dental implants cannot get cavities! Because they are made out of titanium, which is solid and not porous, they are immune to this oral health condition. However, that does not mean that you can avoid proper oral health care. And if you still have natural teeth, those teeth are still prone to cavities. Therefore, Dr. Scherer always stresses the importance of good oral hygiene to his dental implants patients.
Are My Dental Implants Prone to Gum Disease?
Unfortunately, gum disease is a whole other issue in itself. In order to maintain strong, healthy dental implants, Dr. Scherer’s patients must have strong, healthy gums. The gums and jawbone are literally the foundation of successful dental implants. In fact, if you don’t have healthy gums, chances are your dental implants will fail.
Because gum disease affects the gums and not the dental implants directly, the strength of the titanium implants is irrelevant. When Dr. Scherer’s patients have gum disease, the gums pull back from the dental implants, which reduces the support of the implants. This causes pockets to form between the implant and gum line providing a perfect place for bacteria to sit and fester. When bacteria settle inside these pockets, the next thing to come under attack is the jawbone, which can cause even more serious dental problems in the future.
Care for Your Dental Implants Properly
In order to make sure your dental implants are successful, and you do not encounter any complications or oral health concerns, the best thing you can do is to practice proper oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth and dental implants twice a day
- Floss your teeth and dental implants once a day
- Use antibacterial mouthwash once a day
- Visit your general dentist for regular cleanings twice a year
Let Dr. Scherer Give You Back Your Smile With Dental Implants
At Wheaton Oral Surgery and Implant Center, Dr. Scherer and his team provide patients with top of the line oral health care practices and technologies. He continues his education through frequent continuing education classes and employs only the best surgical techniques available, making your dental implant experience safe and comfortable.
If you’re ready to learn more about how dental implants can change your life, call his office today at (630) 364-2888 to book your initial consultation. A member of his friendly team is ready to help you!