05 May Your Dental Implant Needs to Be Included in Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
Dental implants in Durham, North Carolina, are made from biologically inert titanium. They naturally fuse to the surrounding bone tissues in a process known as osseointegration. The crown covering the abutment might be made from porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. While none of these materials are subject to the ravages of tooth decay, your implant can still be threatened by the long-term complications associated with gum disease.
If residual food particles and plaque are not cleaned away by twice-daily brushing and flossing, they harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes gum disease, which can affect the integrity of the implant’s relationship to the surrounding bone tissues.
If you are having trouble effectively cleaning around the implant, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss. Interdental brushes or a dental water jet can also be helpful for cleaning hard-to-reach places.
Your regular dental checkup at our office includes a cleaning procedure that will clean any residual hardened tartar.
If you have questions about how to maintain your dental implant in Durham, North Carolina, you can always call our office at 919-471-9106 to ask your dentists, Drs. Palmer, Bubala, and Stringer, a question.