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Over the course of the last twenty years, dental implants and implant technology has grown in popularity to become one of the industry standards for replacing or restoring a lost tooth. Once the implant has been fully fused to the bone and fitted with a crown it will still require some basic care and cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Even though the titanium abutment composed of materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it could still be compromised by gum disease. Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gum line. This promotes gum disease that can in time compromise the abutments anchoring your implant to your jaw.
If you are having trouble cleaning plaque and food particles from around the implanted tooth you might want to try using a waxed floss threader, interdental brushes or a dental water jet.
The regular dental checkup you receive twice a year from Island Dental includes a cleaning procedure that will clean any residual hardened tartar, and monitor the implant as well as the health of your gums.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your new dental implant, please call Island Dental at 480-725-3031 to set up a consultation.