Can I Get Cavities Under My Dental Implants?

A tooth develops cavities when plaque begins to grow on the surface of the teeth and is not taken care of before it’s too late. Dental implants or Crowns are not made up of enamel due to which plaque does not develop on the surface and cavities are NOT formed.

However, Dental Implants are prone to several gum diseases that are caused due to bacteria accumulating around the teeth and can result in an infection of the gum tissue.

How are Dental Implants Resistant to Cavities?

Teeth have a protective layer around them called the enamel, which is a hard, mineralized substance produced by the body. Along with this, the enamel consists of Dentin which is the layer beneath the enamel and consists of the pulp chamber where all the vessels and nerves run, necessary for the teeth.

When oral hygiene is compromised, bacteria begin to develop in the mouth, on the teeth that form plaque on the surface. This plaque further develops into tartar and eventually results in black hollow holes forming on the teeth.

Due to this, the pulp is exposed, and nerves are directly attacked by the bacteria that result in the sensitivity of the teeth when you eat or drink anything cold.

The bacteria eat on your surface enamel which requires immediate attention. However, it is not possible on Dental Implants.

How to take care of Dental Implants?

After getting Dental Implants at Kanata Highlands Dental, you will feel different in your mouth and will take some time for you to get used to your new teeth, but you must not skip on the care suggested to you by your dentist.


It is suggested to use a soft-bristled toothbrush for daily use, maybe medium-soft but nothing harder than that. Hard-bristled toothbrushes cause gums to bleed by creating minute cuts in the gums. The gums come in contact with the food and the bacteria cause injection in the gums.

Brushing twice a day is the best way to keep oral health issues at an arm’s length and also keeps your mouth well oxygenated.

Flossing the crowns.

Flossing between teeth that do not have dental implants is extremely crucial as it helps take off minute food particles stuck in between the teeth. This avoids the development of bacteria and further those of cavities. Dentists at Kanata Highlands Dental give a detailed care routine for your new implants for longer durability.

Flossing your implants becomes difficult as you want to make sure you do not apply a lot of pressure at the border of the tooth/implant while pulling down. If you do not wish to use plastic floss for your implants, using non-alcoholic mouthwash is ideal to prevent bacteria from developing in your mouth.

Type of toothpaste for dental implants.

Do not use kinds of toothpaste that consist of stain-removing properties like peroxide and baking soda as these can roughen the dental implants and crowns by removing the protective coating on the porcelain implants. If you are unsure of which toothpaste to use, contact your dentist in Kanata. A specialized toothpaste for implants can be suggested by the dentists at Kanata Highland Dental.

It is extremely necessary to take care of your dental implants though cavities cannot be developed under them.

Signs that show your Dental Implants need attention!

If you notice the gums around your implants are swollen and feel sore and painful, visit your dentist in Kanata today!

It is necessary to avoid smoking after getting dental implants as this can put you at risk of peri-implantitis.

To know about the costs of Dental Implants, check out our page “Cost of Dental Implants” to know about our $285/month plan!

Contact us at (613)-270-1001 or book an appointment today!

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