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Goichi Shiotsu, DDS, PS

Prosthetic & Implant Dentistry


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Mercer Island, WA

Dental Implants Don't Give You a Free Pass to Ignore Oral Healthcare


Posted on 5/10/2021 by Dr. Shiotsu
Dental Implants Don't Give You a Free Pass to Ignore Oral HealthcareMost people assume that dental implants do not require as much attention as natural teeth and will ignore basic oral hygiene and healthcare. Contrary to this, oral healthcare is important even after getting dental implants. Failure to adhere to basic healthcare standards might result in the buildup of plaque and gum disease, increasing your risk of peri-implantitis.

Plaque Buildup and Gum Disease


Natural teeth, unlike dental implants, are held in place by the periodontal ligament. These ligaments have a rich supply of blood vessels that offer disease resistance. On the other hand, the titanium bone in dental implants anchors directly to the jawbone and will attract bone to grow around it after some months.

Since the implant does not attach to the periodontal ligament, it is limited in disease protection. Therefore, poor oral hygiene will result in the buildup of plaque around the implant crown, resulting in gum disease and peri-implantitis, characterized by a strange flavor in the mouth. If untreated, peri-implantitis can result in bone loss, which may make the implant loose and fall out.

Oral Healthcare after Dental Implant


To prevent the risks of oral diseases after getting a dental implant, you should practice good oral hygiene while at home to prevent plaque accumulation. While it may be challenging to clean some areas around your dental implants, we will guide you on how to do it before leaving our office. You will also need to schedule regular cleanings with us to remove accumulated plaque around your dental implant.

We will use special instruments to scratch the implants during these visits and dislodge the bacteria that collect on these scratches for a clean mouth. Good oral hygiene will also enhance the longevity of your dental implants and prevent bad breath. For more details on oral healthcare after getting dental implants, contact our office today.

Goichi Shiotsu, DDS

Mercer Island, WA


Location
2825 80th Ave SE Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985

Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 8am - 5pm


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