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A little over twenty years ago dental implants emerged onto the dental health care scene as an effective way to replace a single lost tooth. As implant technology and techniques have continued to advance they have come into play for a wide variety of other applications. They are now a very effective option for restoring the full function of your mouth, by replacing lost teeth, or anchoring dentures.

While the materials of your abutments, crown or bridge are unaffected by tooth decay, they still require routine care. Plaque and residual food particles can build up on your implant just as it would on your natural teeth. If it hardens into tartar, it can lead to gum disease that could compromise the bones anchoring the implants.

Be sure to brush and floss around the implant or denture anchors twice per day to remove plaque and food particles. You can then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and wash away any loose food particles.

Your twice annual dental checkup includes a cleaning procedure to remove lingering tartar, and monitor the implant and the health of your gums.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your implants and remaining natural teeth, please feel free to call us at 360-423-5580 to schedule an appointment.