20 Aug Is the Dental Implant Prone to Cavities or Gum Disease?
Receiving dental implants can change lives. Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on oral, emotional, and physical health. This is because patients with missing teeth have limited oral function, feel self-conscious about their smiles, and suffer from malnutrition because chewing food is difficult. Fortunately, implant dentistry can completely restore oral function along with greatly improving a patient’s appearance. Dental implants are very life-like permanent tooth replacements provided by our oral surgeon.
Implant Dentistry, a Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Dental implants are permanent, unlike dentures or bridges, which require repair and replacement over time. Most implants last for decades and in some cases, a lifetime. In addition to permanency, implants are incredibly durable. This is because these replacement teeth are anchored below the gum line directly into the jawbone. Constructed from titanium, an implant is a rod-like post with a texture similar to a screw. This post is surgically placed into the jawbone where a tooth’s roots once existed. Over time, the jawbone will integrate around the post, permanently locking it in place.
Once the bone has integrated with the implant post, a prosthetic crown, made to very precise measurements is attached to the implant and will serve as the biting surface of the tooth. A crown closely resembles a tooth’s shape and size and can be constructed from very natural looking materials like all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Filling in the gaps of a missing tooth, the crown completes the process of restoring appearance and oral function.
Although dental implants are very natural looking and function very closely to biological teeth, they are not prone to cavities or gum disease. This is because titanium and the materials used to make a crown are unaffected by the oral bacteria that cause common dental conditions. While an implant cannot develop a cavity, patients should still be wary of these dental conditions because they can affect the surrounding biological teeth, gum tissue, and bone health.
Patients should practice proper hygiene that includes flossing daily and brushing thoroughly twice a day along with visiting their oral surgeon or dentist for regular examinations.
To learn more about implant dentistry and its benefits, contact our team at Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule an appointment.