Dental implants came into common use a little over twenty years ago. At first they were primarily used to replace a single lost tooth. As dental implant technology has continued to evolve it can now be used in a variety of other applications. As a result, they have become a very effective option for anchoring a bridge.
While the titanium abutments, crown or bridge is not subject to tooth decay, they will still require daily cleaning as part of your oral hygiene routine. Plaque and food particles can build up at the base of the crown or bridge and hardens into tartar. Tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. In time advanced gum disease can cause the abutments anchoring your implants to fail.
You should continue brushing and flossing around the implant or bridge twice per day, like all of your other teeth. Afterward you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and wash away any loose food particles.
Your twice-annual dental cleaning and checkup is also important for removing tartar, and monitoring the implant as well as the health of your gums.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants, please feel free to call us at 801.224.6165 to schedule an appointment.