Semi-annual check-ups and cleanings are essential when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and disease-free. Unfortunately, though, many people with dental implants think they don’t need as much attention from a hygienist. While a Boise dental implant may be impervious to decay, it doesn’t mean you can relax when it comes to your oral hygiene habits. If not properly cared for, the bone and gum tissue around the implant can become infected resulting in the loss of the implant.
Bacterial plaque, the main culprit of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease can build up on an implant crown just as readily as a natural tooth. Although the implant itself won’t be affected by a plaque-induced infection, the supporting bone and gum tissues around it can. Without proper check-ups and cleanings, an undetected infection can quickly turn into a condition known as peri-implantitis.
The best way to avoid this is to schedule regular Boise dental checkups. During your Boise teeth cleaning, your hygienist will remove the plaque from around your dental implant. Doing so will require special instruments that won’t scratch the implant’s highly polished surface. Scratches can provide the perfect haven for bacteria to collect, making it more difficult to remove.
It’s also just as important to maintain good Boise dental habits at home. You will need to brush and floss your dental implants just as you do your natural teeth and avoid sugary foods. By keeping plaque under control with the help of your Boise dentist, your dental implants will last longer and your natural teeth will remain healthy.
If you would like more information on maintaining and cleaning your Boise dental implants, contact Summit Dental Group today. Our dedicated team of professionals have advanced training in the field of dental implants and are experienced in helping patients restore their smiles. Not only will we help you determine the right treatment option for you, but help you care for your dental implant with thorough cleanings and checkups.