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Monday, April 15, 2013

Can Dental Implants be Affected by Tooth Decay or Gum Disease?


Because dental implants are capped with porcelain dental crowns that act as substitutes for your natural teeth, they do not develop cavities like real teeth. However, dental implants can be adversely affected by decay of your remaining natural teeth and gum disease.

Alberta dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko will discuss your dental implants care guidelines with you in detail prior to your initial procedure. Although dental implants are durable and are designed to look, feel and function like your natural teeth, they require care with a good oral hygiene routine.

After your dental implants process is complete, your implants will require similar care to your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily with a soft, or nonabrasive, toothbrush followed by flossing at least once a day. Regular checkups and teeth cleanings as recommended are also important to maintaining your dental implants.

Without good dental hygiene, plaque can accumulate on your remaining natural teeth, causing decay that can spread into the roots of teeth adjacent to your dental implants. This can result in shifting of your dental implants and other surrounding teeth.

Likewise, gum disease that is allowed to progress can eventually weaken the structure needed to support both your natural teeth and your dental implants. For additional information about dental implants, please see our Dental Implant Questions page.

If you have missing teeth and would like to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants, please contact Focus on Smiles. Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko welcomes patients from the greater Edmonton, Alberta, area.

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