A dental implant abutment is made from titanium and covered with a crown that is not susceptible to the ravages of tooth decay. However, periodontal disease still poses a serious threat to the long-term integrity of the implant. This means your implant will require daily care and cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gum line. This promotes gum disease that can in time compromise the abutments anchoring your implant to your jaw.
Once you are done brushing your teeth, you should floss between each tooth and along the gum line. If you’re having trouble working floss around the dental implant, you might want to try using a waxed variety. The waxy coating helps it slip into tight places without risk of snapping it into your gums and injuring them.
Your regular dental checkups with Dr. Jacob Shrayman include a cleaning procedure that will remove any residual hardened tartar and 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, you can always call our Polkan Dental team in Verona, New Jersey, at 973-239-3555 today. We are happy to answer any questions you might have to keep your smile healthy!