What Is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a widespread health problem, which is estimated to affect more than half of the adult population. The disease destroys healthy adhesion gum over the roots of the teeth, leading to inflammation of the gums, gum recession, and loss of bone around the teeth. If left untreated it will lead to tooth mobility and loss of the tooth or teeth. The same principle applies to dental Implants, but the disease is called peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis is a challenge to treat and it is best to avoid the disease all together by giving dental implants the same time, attention and hygiene care as natural teeth. In the case of negligence by the patient, or the patient not being given good guidance from the clinician, microbial agents can cause a bacterial biofilm on the surface of the implant.
If there is an early detection of the problem the periodontal treatment delivers good results, but surgical intervention may be required for treatment of peri-implantitis. In some cases, a removal and replacement of the implant is the only option.
The best long term results are achieved with regular check ups and hygiene appointments from a dental professional or an implant trained hygienist. During these appointments the bone condition, accurate fit of the prosthesis and general implant health are checked, If these principles are adhered to it will help the patient to maintain the longevity of their dental implants.