As tooth replacements go, dental implants are perhaps the strongest and most durable of the available options. Much of this strength and integrity is related to the high quality materials that are selected to create these artificial teeth.
In implant dentistry, the quality of the restorative materials that are used is just as important as the surgical procedure itself. Substances like porcelain and titanium are ideal since they will not deteriorate or deform when they are exposed to the temperatures inside the mouth or the constant moisture. These materials are also selected because they are not vulnerable to foods, beverages, medications, tooth pastes, or even mouthwashes.
Yes, the actual dental implant hardware is nearly indestructible, but it should still be treated with the care and attention that you would devote to your natural teeth. Every possible effort should be made to remove plaque bacteria around the implants as well as the adjacent teeth. Although an implant cannot develop a cavity, cavity-causing bacteria can exist at the point where the implant touches the neighboring teeth.
When it comes to the health of your implant, the threat of gum disease should be carefully regarded. The bacterial infection that is responsible for gum disease will not harm the ruggedly designed implant hardware, but an infection can destroy the bone and gum tissue that support the implant post. Like a natural tooth, these living structures are the only means of stability for your replacement teeth. Once they have been destroyed, there is a strong probability that your implant will no longer be functional.
Implant dentistry has been refined to address or eliminate the potential for complications or failures. So, while replacement teeth are not necessarily prone to cavities or gum disease, reasonable steps should be observed to uphold your oral health in general because those dental diseases can certainly have an impact on the success of your dental implants.
Talk to our team of oral surgeons for more tips on caring for your dental implants.