When you invest in a dental restoration, you assume that it will last for a while. In the case of a dental implant, that should be true! A dental implant has the ability to last for the rest of your life, but it must be cared for properly. The care is not difficult, but if you struggled to keep your teeth healthy, then you might need to make some changes to your routine in order to protect your implant investment.
The biggest threat to a dental implant is gum disease. Gum disease is a very common infection that affects about 80% of Americans. The infection begins around where your teeth meet the gum line, but as it progresses, it goes deeper and deeper into the gums. Eventually, the infection will reach the jaw bone, causing it to weaken. It is this weakening of the bone structure that causes the loss of teeth due to gum disease, and it can do the same to your dental implant.
Protecting Your Investment
A dental implant is an investment. It is the best restoration, but it also carries a higher price tag than the other restoration options. It has that price because it can last a lifetime. In order to maintain the implant, you must take great care of your teeth. Make sure to floss and brush at least twice per day. An antiseptic mouth rinse can also help you remove gingivitis-causing bacteria that could harm your implant.
When you have an implant placed, it is important that you give your implant the best care possible. Make sure that you protect your investment. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We can assist you and discuss the health of your implant. We would love to help you improve your care routine soon!