Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. They can replace the roots of missing teeth and also support single crowns, bridges, and dentures.
A dental implant consists of three parts: the titanium post that duplicates the root of a tooth, the abutment that attaches to the post, and the crown that attaches to the abutment. The crown resembles a natural tooth and is visible in the mouth.
Dental Implants and Gum Health
Dental implants are made from synthetic materials, so they are not affected by tooth decay. However, gum health is important for long-term implant success. Good oral health care and regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining your gum health after a dental implant.
Plaque and bacteria that form around an implant can cause inflammation and lead to peri-implant disease, such as peri-implant mucositis (similar to gingivitis) and peri-implantitis (similar to periodontitis). Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gumline is critical to preventing peri-implant disease.
Cleaning Above and Below the Gumline
Dental implants are easy to clean if you follow a few simple techniques. A manual, power, or sonic toothbrush with soft bristles and a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Plaque Seeker® Tip can clean around implants above the gum line. The Plaque Seeker® Tip is designed to provide the benefits of pulsating water. It has three thin tufts of bristles to access stubborn plaque around implants and other areas that are especially susceptible to plaque accumulation.
The Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Pik Pocket™ Tip is ideal for cleaning below the gumline. This soft tip is placed slightly under the gumline, and the gentle pulsations of water or therapeutic solutions flush out bacteria.