Over the last twenty years, dental implants have become a popular way of replacing lost teeth, anchoring dental crowns and bridges. Your implants represent a serious investment in your long-term dental health and function. With proper care and an effective oral hygiene regimen, dental implants can last for many years to come.
Crowns and bridges can be made from porcelain, gold or composite materials that are not subject to tooth decay the way natural teeth are. However, they still do require daily brushing and flossing to remove bacteria and plaque.
Plaque buildup can harden into tartar, which can still affect the health of your gums. If left unchecked,it can develop into gum disease. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can cause a loss of bone in the parts of the jaw that anchor the implants.
At the same time, dental implants do not stain at the same rate as your surrounding natural teeth. When the crown of your implant was made, it was matched to the surrounding teeth. If you use tobacco or enjoy drinks like coffee and tea, you might run into an issue with your natural teeth staining to a degree that they no longer perfectly match the implant.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for your regular checkup will also go a long way toward maintaining gum health and helping remove minor surface stains from your remaining natural teeth.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 208-377-2160 to schedule an appointment.