Many patients who come to our Los Angles office for dental implants suffered the initial tooth loss due to gum disease or advanced decay. Many of these same patients choose dental implants as a way to avoid proper oral hygiene. As with all dental appliances, and your mouth in general, dental implants need to be taken care of as if they were your own natural teeth!
A dental implant, made of titanium, will not be affected by cavities or bacteria. The bacteria found within your mouth also will not affect the prosthetic part placed in your mouth, such as crowns or bridges, however the bacteria can cause breakdown of the root of natural teeth or the dental implant which is a substitute to your root. That being said, dental implant patients do not have a free pass when it comes to oral hygiene!
After the dental implants are inserted into the jaw, the bone will form a bond with the surface of the implant 9 Which can be titanium or zerconia). In order for the dental implants to last a lifetime, the surrounding bone will need to be stable.Lack of brushing and flossing can cause breakdown of the bone, hence causing the implant to become loose and infected, just like what bacteria can cause to natural roots of your teeth.
Because periodontal disease or tooth decay in other teeth can cause bone loss and decrease the overall lifespan of the dental implant, the surrounding teeth and gums still need to be properly cared for. Any inflammation or gum disease within your mouth can have negative effects on your dental implant.
To answer the question posed in the title – no, dental implants cannot get cavities, but you do need to continue care for your natural teeth and gums!
For more information about dental implants, contact your Los Angeles Dentist, Dr. Anthony Mobasser.