Can dental implants get cavities?
No, dental implants cannot get cavities. A good natural tooth is always the best type of tooth, but if a tooth is not save-able or has a poor prognosis (small chance of lasting any considerable amount of time) then an implant is the next best alternative. One of the main advantages of an implant is that because it is made out of titanium, it is impossible for it to get cavities.
However, implants are not immune to their own version of gum disease that could cause an implant to fail or be lost. This gum disease that occurs around an implant is called Peri-implantitis. This is typically characterized as an inflammation of the gums surrounding the implant, and can ultimately lead to tissue destruction.
As with all dental concerns, the best way to prevent Peri-implantitis is to keep up with your at-home dental care, and to visit a dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Contact our office today if you'd like to learn more about the dental implant process, and to see if you are a candidate for this treatment option!