Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?

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? 

No, Dental Implants Can't Get Cavities 

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. 

How Poor Oral Health Affects Implants 

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. 

How to Take Care of Dental Implants 

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: 

  • Go to regular check-ups. Your Margate dentist will make sure that your implant is in good condition and give you personalized advice. 
  • Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods as they can damage your dental crown. 
  • Make sure your gums are healthy. 
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports and a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night to prevent damaging your crown. 
  • Keep an eye out for any changes or discomfort and consult your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
  • As a good rule of thumb, avoid activities that could damage the implant or surrounding tissue. 

Dental Implants in Margate 

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. 

Contact us online to book your appointment.

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