Do you Still Need Cleanings with Dental Implants?

Older Man Brushing TeethThe beauty of implants is that they’re designed to mimic your tooth’s entire structure, down to the roots. With such a close comparison to natural teeth, you may find yourself wondering if dental implants require checkups and cleanings like natural teeth. Park Ridge implant dentists, Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas, take pride in restoring the smiles of patients with missing teeth through the use of innovative dental implants. They will explain why regular dental cleanings with dental implants are as important as ever.

Same as your Natural Smile

As the only dental restoration currently available which both replaces lost tooth roots and offers cosmetic results at the same time, dental implants offer more than a sturdy foundation. Like your natural tooth roots, dental implants are embedded into your jawbone. When you bite and chew, the pressure stimulates your implants and roots to signal your jawbone’s need for nutrients. This stimulation helps preserve the integrity of your jawbone, but maintaining good oral health doesn’t stop at implant surgery.

Biannual Checkups and Cleanings

Brushing and flossing your smile at least twice every day can help control the buildup of dental plaque, which consists of a myriad of oral bacteria that lead to various dental issues, like gum disease. No, a porcelain crown cannot get a cavity, but germs can cause many other problems. Unfortunately, many people are bound to miss a spot of plaque now and then, whether brushing natural teeth or prosthetics. At your regular dental cleaning, your dentist or dental hygienist will thoroughly clear teeth and gums of bacterial plaque and tartar buildup at the same time that they look for oral cancer signs and jawbone deterioration. Just like natural teeth, without proper care, gum infections and jawbone depletion can easily cause loose teeth, and eventual loss.

Visit your Park Ridge Implant Dentists

To learn more about restoring and protecting your smile after severe disease or tooth loss, including a diligent schedule of professional dental cleanings, schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge implant dentists by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.