Much like natural teeth, your new tooth/teeth supported by dental implants is a serious investment (in time and money) in bringing back the full function and appearance of your lost teeth.While the implant-supported crown(s) and the implant abutments are made from materials that are not affected by tooth decay, nonetheless it essential to brush and floss an implant crown because if not it can become infected (peri-implantitis). We recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.
If food particles and plaque are not brushed away by appropriate oral hygiene at home problems can arise. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation promotes periodontal disease, which over time will compromise the abutments anchoring your implant-teeth in place. Beyond normal brushing and flossing, effective hygiene practices may include interdental brushes, floss threaders or a Water Pik. Each of these can help clean hard to reach places.
Your regular dental check-up with Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates includes a cleaning procedure that will clean any residual plaque and/or hardened tartar, and monitor the implant as well as the health of your gums. If required, additional treatment or recommendations may be required to maintain the health of your dental implant.