Dental implants are one option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants act like replacement tooth roots and your dentist can attach a cap (crown) or other restorations to replace one or more teeth. While dental implants cannot get tooth decay (cavities), they may experience gum and bone loss (or peri-implantitis) if bacterial plaque builds up around implants. The bacteria in dental plaque can make toxins that cause inflammation in your gums. This swelling can lead to bleeding, loss of the bone around implants, and even implant loosening and loss of the implant. Because implants can develop this type of gum and bone loss, they require continued care at home to ensure that bacterial plaque does not build up around the implants.
Because ideal home care differs based upon the type of restoration attached to the implant, it is important to discuss the best way to keep your implants clean with your dental healthcare professional.Single tooth implants
If you notice persistent redness, bleeding, pus, or painful gum tissues around your dental implants, visit your dental healthcare professional so that they can evaluate your implants to determine if you have inflammation in your gums and/or bone around the implants.Tips to keep your implants healthy: