Studies have shown that dental implants are just about as close as you can get to natural teeth. They are designed to look real, feel real, and behave just like your own natural teeth. With so many realistic characteristics, is it possible that implants are vulnerable to the same dental diseases that are known to threaten real teeth?
Fortunately, the risk that a dental implant is susceptible to common dental diseases is not as great as the risk would be for a natural tooth. Implants are made from materials that are exceptionally durable and long-lasting. The porcelain, titanium, and other materials that are used to construct dental implants have been tested and researched under various conditions in the mouth for over 40 decades, and these same materials have been used in other parts of the body for even longer.
In addition to their resistance to extreme and long-term changes in temperature and chewing pressure, these materials are also resistant to the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Your dental implant cannot be weakened or destroyed by the dental diseases that may have led to the loss of your natural teeth.
Although these extraordinary replacement teeth are virtually indestructible, the natural gum tissue and teeth that surround them are not as tough. The presence of uncontrolled disease in the gum tissue and bone that surround the implant can lead to a breakdown in the very support system that makes the implant successful. That means that brushing, flossing, proper nutrition, and a proper bite pattern are still essential to the longevity of your artificial tooth.
Though the implant post and the dental crown will most likely remain intact, gum disease and bone loss can destroy the foundation that is required to hold your implant in its place. It is possible to prevent the premature loss of your artificial teeth when you remember the oral hygiene instructions that are provided by your prosthodontist at the time that your implants are placed.
To find out how, call the office of Dr. Buskin and Dr. Castellon to schedule an appointment today.