Your new dental implant is essentially a titanium abutment inserted into the bone where the previous tooth lived. Then, your dentist, Dr. Maria Sese, cemented a crown on top of it with a powerful dental adhesive. While all of these products are not vulnerable to bacterial tooth decay, they can still face long-term complications from gum disease and poor oral hygiene.
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 compromise the abutments that are anchoring your implant to your jaw.
You can help prevent this from happening by brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once per day. It’s best to floss in the evening after you’re done eating for the day. Be sure to work the floss between the teeth as well as around the gumline. If you’re having trouble working the floss around the dental implant, you might want to try using a waxed variety. The waxy coating helps it slip into tight places without the risk of snapping it into your gums and injuring them.
Your twice-annual dental checkup at East Coast Family Dental includes a cleaning procedure that will remove any residual hardened tartar and will allow our team to 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 in Jersey City, New Jersey, you can always call 201-332-4699 to schedule an appointment at East Coast Family Dental.