When it comes to tooth replacement, there isn’t a more durable or better restoration than dental implants. They can mimic and match your missing teeth in not only appearance but also in feel and functionality. If this dental work is acting as your natural teeth would, can you still get cavities? Read on to find out more about this topic.
Getting Cavities with Dental Implants
The actual dental implant itself is typically made of a metal such as titanium. The crown can be made of a variety of materials to match the shade and luster of your natural teeth, ranging from zirconia to porcelain. Since your implant is not made of enamel and is instead composed of stronger tooth-colored materials, it won’t be affected by the same cavity-causing bacteria. To put it simply: no, your dental implant cannot get cavities.
That being said, if you only have one or a few dental implants, you will still have natural teeth surrounding your restoration. Those teeth can still get cavities. As such, it’s essential that you continue maintaining a thorough and gentle oral hygiene regimen and keep up with your six-month cleanings and checkups.
Your oral health is more than just your teeth; if you do not have any of your natural teeth left, there are other parts of your mouth, such as your gums and tongue, that require cleaning to avoid infection.
Should I Get Dental Implants if I Can Still Get Cavities?
If your dentist recommends you get dental implants, you should definitely take their professional advice. Cavities are easily avoidable and treatable, especially if caught early. Good oral hygiene and a balanced diet can do wonders in preventing tooth decay. Don’t let the apprehension of still being susceptible to getting cavities stop you from improving your quality of life and rejuvenating your smile.
The artificial root of dental implants is what makes them such a special form of tooth replacement by providing unrivaled stability and jaw deterioration. Compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants can last much longer, especially with the right maintenance. If you’re properly caring for your teeth and implants, your dental implants can last 30 years or more.
Ultimately, your dentist knows best! Listen to their recommendations, as they have all your oral health history and will know what restorations best suit your smile.
About the Practice
Stonebriar Smile Design has an entire team of dentists who continually undergo extensive training to add to their ever-expanding array of skills. The practice uses advanced dental technology and a 4-step dental implant process to bring back the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. If you want to know more about how to protect your oral health while having dental implants, contact Stonebriar Smile Design at their website or by phone at (469) 361-0081.