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A dental implant that replaces a lost tooth represents a serious investment in improving your mouth’s form and function. Even though the implant itself and the crown fitted over it are not subject to decay, they still require care and consideration in your oral hygiene routine.

Bacteria and plaque can build up on the crown. If plaque buildup is not removed it will harden into tartar. Tartar at the gum line introduces bacteria to the gums. This can cause your gums to recede from the crown exposing the base of the titanium abutment and creating pockets of infection.

If left unresolved it can easily develop into gum disease, which can cause the abutment to come loose from the bones anchoring it into your mouth.

Brushing and flossing every day can help remove most of the plaque that forms in your mouth before it can harden. Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash will also help kill bacteria and wash away any residual food particles. However it is still natural for some tartar to build up in your mouth.

Tartar can only effectively be removed by professional means. Visiting your dentist twice a year for your regular checkup is the most effective way to remove tartar and maintain the health of the gums anchoring your new implants.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 717-755-2817 to schedule an appointment.