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The titanium abutment installed into your jawbone and the dental crown covering it make your dental implant impervious to the ravages of tooth decay. However, complications resulting from chronic gum disease still pose a significant threat to the long-term integrity of the tooth.

Plaque buildup and residual food particles that are not removed from the base of your teeth can harden into tartar near the gumline. This promotes gum disease that can, in time, compromise the abutments anchoring your implant to your jaw.

After you’re done brushing your teeth, you should floss between each tooth and along the gumline. If you’re having trouble working floss around the dental implant, you might want to try using a waxed dental floss. The waxy coating helps it slip into tight places without snapping into your gums and injuring them.

The regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. David Powell, includes a cleaning treatment that will remove any residual hardened tartar and monitor the condition and health of your implant and gums.

If you have questions about the best way to maintain your new dental implant in Murray, Utah, you can always call All Care Dentistry at 801-266-1414 for further advice.