Is the Dental Implant Prone to Cavities?

  • February 18, 2019

implant dentist Sterling HeightsDental implants are recommended when tooth loss has occurred or is imminent. Treatment involves placing a titanium post in gum tissue; your implant dentist will provide a treatment plan outlining what is needed before, during, and after the dental implant process.

Requirements

During the consultation, an explanation of what is involved to restore tooth loss is provided. The overall health of the patient is reviewed followed by a very thorough dental examination. Dental x-rays will be needed to determine bone strength in the gum tissue where the implant is to be placed.

The patient will be taught how to keep the implant area clean to prevent infection; any tobacco use should cease for a successful outcome.

If x-rays show lack of sufficient bone, bone augmentation procedures are available.

Placing the Implant

This is a relatively easy procedure; the socket that once held the biological tooth in place is accessed and the implant is placed. A temporary protective cover is added.

The implant itself is a small titanium post. A healing period will follow; during this time jawbone will begin to incorporate the implant allowing it to become a permanent part of the dental anatomy. The implant will act much like the roots of a natural tooth providing strength and support for the restoration that will eventually be attached to it.

Periodic visits with the dentist will assure that the implant is progressing as it should. Infection is a leading cause of implant failure so proper care is critical.

The Final Step

When healed, the final restoration can be affixed. The temporary is removed, and an abutment is attached to the implant so the permanent crown can be cemented in. This restoration is a man made tooth, and therefore decay will not affect it. Usually made from porcelain, the restoration will match neighboring teeth so your newly implanted tooth will be undetectable.

Although you will never have to worry about getting a cavity in this tooth, gum disease can still occur. A daily regimen should involve brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste; flossing daily to remove what your toothbrush missed; and visiting the dentist for cleaning and exam every six months (or as recommended). If an antibacterial rinse has been prescribed, follow our instructions for use.

Contact our team at Forever Young Dentistry today to schedule a consultation!