Dental implants are meant to be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups with your dentist are an important way of protecting the health of your entire mouth. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, if you let your dental hygiene suffer, you do heighten the risk of losing your dental implants in the future.
Plaque cannot affect the integrity of your artificial tooth, but it can certainly do harm to the gums and bone surrounding your dental implant. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss and inflammation, putting all of your teeth at risk – not just your dental implants.
If you have gum disease and you are considering dental implants, you should have your gum disease treated at least three months prior to undergoing the dental implant placement process. Healthy gums and bone are an important way of ensuring the success of your procedure. Dr. Wilcox can help you bring your gums back into good health through periodontal therapy, including laser dentistry treatments.
If you have further questions about dental implants or gum disease, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with experienced Glendale, Arizona implant dentist Dr. David Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients in the Glendale, Phoenix, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.