Patients considering dental implants may be pleased to know is even easier to keep them in good shape compared to a natural tooth. An implant is a permanent solution for replacing a missing tooth and behaves like a natural one would except that you can’t get a cavity on a dental implant! By brushing and flossing, along with regular teeth cleanings, both an implant and the surrounding teeth will stay healthy and in good condition for years to come.
An implant actually has less risk of infection than natural teeth. The root system is a metal post, and the tooth itself is made of ceramic, two materials that are immune from dental decay. Simultaneously, a new tooth is stain resistant and will maintain a beautiful appearance indefinitely. This makes them a fantastic alternative to natural teeth.
The key with dental implants is to keep the surrounding teeth and gums in good health. Every time a person eats, sugar and bacteria are deposited onto their teeth. The best way to mitigate this is to brush after every meal. Unfortunately, most people don’t do this, so the sugar and bacteria are left on the teeth. If the dental plaque remains for too long, the bacteria become hardened forming tartar or calculus. Next these bacterial colonies begin to form acids that attack the teeth and trigger an autoimmune response hurting the surrounding gums. As a result, cavities can be formed along with gum disease.
Gum disease is particularly dangerous because when it spreads, bone loss occurs and the gums start to recede. They can recede to the point that more of the tooth structure is exposed and eventually the roots are exposed as well. This creates an unsightly and dangerous situation that creates the risk of a dental abscess and even teeth falling out.
Cavities are not particularly harmful when they are caught early. They can be treated in a matter of minutes and with pain free dental techniques. The best time to treat a cavity is early; immediately after it is detected. If it is left untreated, the infection can spread throughout the tooth and spread to neighboring teeth. In severe cases it will eventually reach the center of the tooth causing the need for Root Canal Therapy.
Regardless of the type of infection, it is important for it to be treated and eliminated quickly. Otherwise, the entire mouth is at risk. A severe outcome of tooth infection is called a dental abscess. When it reaches this stage, the bone beneath the tooth is impacted. An abscess can get into the floor of the mouth and spread into other areas of the body. Teeth can start to fall out if the bone is infected. Fortunately, this can be avoided by simply visiting the dentist twice a year. The chance of an infection spreading to that degree during a six month time frame is extremely unlikely. There are exceptions for people that should come more frequently (such as diabetics) that are prone to infection.
It’s simple to keep your teeth and gums healthy, get cavities repaired, and restore missing spaces with dental implants – the solution is getting good advice from a trusted source.
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