In the middle of the 20th century, when dentists first began to use dental implants, they only replaced a single tooth. Over the past twenty years, varieties of dental implants have appeared. Thanks to advances in dental technology, your dentist, Dr. Alexander Larsen, can now use dental implants to anchor a bridge in your mouth, restoring quite a number of teeth.
One remarkable thing about dental implant bridges is that the crowns and the titanium abutments that hold the bridge in place are not subject to decay. Keep in mind, however, that you need to clean your bridge by brushing and flossing in order to avoid the buildup of plaque and food particles. If you don’t clean it regularly, your surrounding gums will be at risk of developing tartar, which can lead to periodontal disease. Advanced cases of gum disease can even cause the abutments that anchor the bridge in place to loosen.
If you find it difficult to clean plaque and food particles around your bridge, try using a waxed floss threader, interdental brushes, or a dental water jet.
Be sure to also book regular dental appointments so that Dr. Alexander Larsen can clean off any hardened tartar that may develop and check the health of your gums and implant.
If you have any questions about dental implants in Orem, Utah, please call Gentle Dental Arts at 801-788-4922 today to book an appointment with Dr. Larsen.