Can Dental Implants Suffer from Gum Disease and Plaque?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Plaque is formed by colonizing bacteria in the mouth and is a natural by-product of every food and beverage you consume. When not removed properly, plaque can lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can impact the health of your dental implants.

While the crown attached to your implant is impervious to decay, the implant itself relies on healthy gums for support. When gum disease is left untreated, it can even begin to deteriorate bone, allowing your dental implant to fall out.

Preventing Issues

The best way to prevent implant failure is by taking proper care of your teeth and gums. This will include brushing after every meal, flossing at least once a day, and visiting Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young every six months for cleanings and examinations.   Your biannual visits give us an opportunity to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as allowing Dr. Young to check for early signs of gum disease. When caught early on, noninvasive treatments are often enough to reverse the problem and protect both your dental implants and your natural teeth.

If you live in or around Houston, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, or Conroe, Texas and have questions about caring for your dental implants, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Scott Young.