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Our doctors at Clagett Dental treat many Elizabethtown residents for loose or missing teeth every year. Many of these men and women choose to have their teeth replaced using dental implants. However, as with any surgical procedure, our doctor’s field a lot of questions during consultations regarding the characteristics of this tooth replacement system. Because many people have loose or missing teeth as a result of disease, patients are often curious about their future risk of oral health conditions if they choose dental implants.

Our doctors want every one of their patients in Elizabethtown to be well-informed before choosing to have any procedure, and that goes for the placement of dental implants as well. This blog will explain whether or not your implants will be prone to conditions like cavities or gum disease, so keep reading!

Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?

You’ll be happy to hear this good news – dental implants are not prone to cavities! This is due to the fact that they are made out of titanium, which is not porous. Their makeup causes them to be resistant to the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. However, Elizabethtown patients that have one or two dental implants and natural teeth shouldn’t assume that their natural teeth are protected from cavities. Natural teeth, which are porous, can hold on to food particles and bacteria, which can cause cavities.

If you have both dental implants and natural teeth, it’s a good idea to make plans to visit us more frequently for cleanings to ensure your natural teeth remain healthy and free of cavities.

Are Dental Implants Susceptible to Gum Disease?

While dental implants are not susceptible to cavities, gum disease is altogether different. Strong, healthy gums are required for dental implants to remain in place. And truth be told, gum disease is a leading cause of dental implant failure. Because gum disease affects the gums and not the actual implant itself, the fact that implants are made of metal and aren’t porous doesn’t matter much. Gum disease causes the gums to pull back from the tooth roots (or dental implants), reducing the support of the implants. When this occurs, a pathway is made for bacteria to make its way to the jawbone, which can lead to even more oral health problems.

Thankfully, our team is staffed with a board certified periodontists. Dr. Ryan Clagett is experienced in treating and preventing gum disease and can maintain your oral health and protect your dental implants when you keep regular appointments at his Elizabethtown office.

Dental Implants Must Be Cared for Properly

The ideal thing you can do to protect your dental implants is to care for them properly. That means Elizabethtown men and women should:

    • Brush twice a day
    • Floss once a day
    • Use antibacterial mouthwash once a day
    • Visit your general dentist for regular cleanings

Let Clagett Dental Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants

Our team of doctors at Clagett Dental are each highly trained and certified in placing and caring for dental implants. Hear for yourself in these video testimonials of our own patients.

If you have a tooth or teeth that are loose, missing, or diseased, don’t hesitate to call our office today at (270) 769-3306 to book your dental implants consultation.