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Can My Dental Implants Decay?

this dental implant made of titanium is not susceptible to decay

Dental implants are made of titanium and porcelain, neither of which are susceptible to cavities or tooth decay. It’s still very important to keep up with good oral hygiene. Gum disease can cause implants to fail years down the line. In fact, it’s the leading cause of dental implant failure.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, occurs when bacteria grows inside your mouth and your gums and bone pull away. The space that’s formed can collect food debris, bacteria growth, and lead to infection. If you have insufficient gum and jawbone, over time implants may become loose or fall out.

Dental implants collect plaque just like regular teeth, so to help prevent gum disease and implant failure, brush and floss often. Visit your dentist for routine cleanings every six months at least. These easy oral hygiene habits will ensure your dental implants last a lifetime.