Here at our dental implant practice, we see patients every day with a variety of oral health issues. Periodontitis is one of the more common issues that we treat. Some of these patients have trouble with dental implants and some are not eligible for implants until they get their oral health issues under control.
Many of us have heard this term bandied about by oral health professionals for years. Essentially, periodontitis is an inflammatory disease caused by a microbial factor. This often involves soft gum tissues and ligaments surrounding teeth. Ultimately it means sore teeth, inflamed gums, and possible tooth loss.
According to dental experts, diagnosis can usually be made during a regular dentist’s examination at least twice a year. Most dentists can then prescribe preventive procedures. These procedures can help make patients eligible once more for dental implants.
A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a natural tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once they have been surgically placed and healed. Implants are usually made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible. These features mean that the tooth root is not easily rejected by the body. In fact, this is much of the reason why dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
The main problem with dental implant placement is that patients with periodontitis often experience dangerous complications that can cause subsequent failure. However, there are several alternative methods that can be used to prevent this issue. The first type is bone augmentation, which can be done before or at the same time as your dental implant placement.
The other solution is using a type of dental implant placement that includes the use of implants of special design and placement technique. This option does not require bone augmentation.
Either one of these solutions is a good option for helping patients dealing with periodontitis. For more information on Supplemental Treatments like bone grafting, please feel free to check out our page on Supplemental Treatments for dental implants.
Besides permanently replacing missing or damaged teeth, dental implants can restore confidence, create a healthier smile, improve oral health, give a more youthful facial appearance, and help patients chew better. And finally, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents or reduces jawbone deterioration that is common in patients with missing teeth.
Still have more questions about payment options for dental implants or how periodontitis could impact them? Please feel free to read through the rest of our Dental Implants InfoSite or speak to one of our helpful staff members if you have further questions. Alternatively, if you live in the San Antonio, TX area, you can give us a call to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Zingalis today.