I Have Dental Implants: Can I Still Get Cavities?

Manhattan Dental ImplantsDental implants are becoming a more and more popular tooth replacement option in Manhattan, the rest of New York City, and around the globe. And as dental implants continue to grow in popularity, Manhattan periodontist Dr. Kissel finds that he receives increasingly more questions about this tooth replacement solution. One of the questions he is frequently getting now is whether or not dental implants can get cavities. The answer is no! Because the tooth crown of a dental implant is made of artificial, yet natural looking and feeling material, that is not susceptible to cavities. But just because you can’t get a cavity in your dental implant, doesn’t mean that you need to throw out your oral hygiene routine for good. Read on to learn more about dental implants, and how to properly care for them, even though they can’t get cavities.

Proper Oral Care for Dental Implants

If you have only 1 or a few dental implants, you probably won’t be tempted to make any changes to your oral hygiene routine. After all, you still have almost a full mouthful of natural teeth remaining, which need to be brushed, flossed and checked up on by a dentist on a regular basis.

But, if you have received a full mouth restoration with dental implants, you might wonder if you need to keep up with your typical oral hygiene routine. After all, your dental implants are fused into your jawbone, right? They can’t fall out or move or even get cavities. What’s the point of brushing and flossing? Unfortunately, too many Manhattan residents think they can get away with not practicing their usual oral hygiene routine, and when they face the consequences, they regret their laissez-faire actions of the past.

You see, there are three reasons why dental implants should be brushed twice daily, flossed daily and checked up on every 6 months by your dentist or periodontist. First, is to prevent implant failure, particularly from an infection called peri-implantitis. Your mouth is full of bacteria, but regular brushing and flossing kill these disease-causing nuisances. Peri-implantitis, an infection that develops around a dental implant, is so serious that it can lead to implant failure, causing your implant to loosen to the point that it falls out or needs to be removed. Second, even though you may no longer have any natural teeth, you still have gums to protect. And finally, it should go without saying that regular brushing and flossing is the number one way to prevent bad breath.

Learning More About Dental Implants

Since dental implants are becoming such a popular solution, there is an increasingly high amount of information about them on the Internet. But, can you trust everything that you read online? What’s the best source for answering all your questions about dental implants and oral surgery, including whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure?

At Manhattan periodontist Dr. Kissel’s office, we believe that Internet research is no substitute for having a direct conversation with Dr. Kissel himself. With years of experience and skill in placing dental implants, he has the knowledge needed to fully explain the dental implants procedure and answer all your questions.

To schedule a dental consultation and oral examination with him today, call his Manhattan office at (212) 702-9088.