A dental implant causing pain is never a good sign. But can a cavity be the reason?
Dental implants are made of synthetic materials. The post that gets inserted into the jawbone is usually made of a titanium alloy and the crown is made of porcelain or composite resin. Can these materials decay?
Cavities occur when the bacteria in your mouth produce acid that wears down the tooth's enamel - the hard, outer layer of a tooth. As the bacteria release more acid, it slowly penetrates the enamel, reaching the inner, softer parts of the tooth, such as the dentin, and all the way to the pulp and nerves.
So, a cavity is basically a small hole in the tooth's structure that allows bacteria to enter deep into the tooth's structure.
However, this acid does not affect the material a dental crown is made of and can't create holes that they can use as an entry point to the metal post.
That said, dental implants can still get damaged if you fail to keep your mouth clean.
Even though the implant itself can't decay, you need to keep in mind that it is surrounded by real soft tissues. Plaque can still accumulate around the implant and irritate the gums. Without proper oral care and regular dental check-ups, the gums and soft tissue can get infected and lead to a condition known as peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis is similar to gum disease and it basically means that the soft tissue around the implant is infected. Without healthy tissue to support it, the implant could become loose and fail. This could be one of the reasons you may be experiencing pain.
Taking care of dental implants is incredibly easy. In fact, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily can help you maintain good oral health.
In addition to this simple oral hygiene routine, you should also:
Tooth loss affects both your oral and general health, but implants can be an effective, long-term solution.
If you're considering dental implants, get in touch with Dr. Philippe Jean from Lifestyle Dental Care to discuss your dental restoration options.
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