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If you’ve had one or more teeth restored by a dental implant, it will still need daily care and cleaning. While the restoration is made from artificial materials that will not be susceptible to tooth decay, the titanium abutments can be compromised by chronic gum disease.

Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes gum disease that can in time compromise the security of the abutments that are anchoring your implant to your jaw.

After you’re done brushing your teeth, you should floss between each tooth and along the gumline. If you’re having trouble working floss around the dental implant, you might want to try using a waxed floss. The waxy coating helps it slip into tight places without the risk of snapping it into your gums and injuring them.

The regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Will Allen, includes a cleaning treatment that will remove any residual hardened tartar and monitor the implant as well as the health of your gums.

If you have concerns about how to adequately clean and maintain your new dental implants in Louisville, Kentucky, you can always call Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 502-587-7874 to ask a question.