If you are thinking about getting a dental implant to replace missing teeth, or if you already have dental implants, the information that follows may help you avoid future problems that may affect the health of those implants.
Dental implants are being advertised to have such a high success rate that many patients get the wrong idea about things like their longevity and care. One common misconception our patients have is that once the implant is successfully placed and restored, it is going to last rest of their life.
The truth is that even though dental implants are made of titanium and they are not susceptible to decay like natural teeth, they are attached to the bone and anything that damages that bone such as periodontitis or gum disease can cause you to lose that implant. This is why it is so important to have good daily brushing and flossing habits and get professional cleanings on a regular basis. This gives the dentist an opportunity to detect any gum problems before the damage gets too severe.
If a person has had gum problems in the past, he or she has a higher risk of developing the same problem around implants, so good daily dental hygiene and regular cleanings become very important.
“So what if I have periodontitis now? Does that mean that I cannot get dental implants?”
The answer to that question is that if you have active periodontal disease and are missing some teeth you still can have dental implants placed if you have adequate bone to place the implants, but before you get the implants you have to get the periodontitis under control, otherwise your chances of long term success are not good.
Even though periodontal disease around implants can be treated, it is harder to treat than around natural teeth, so again I advise all implant patients to be proactive and keep your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments with the dentist to prevent gum problems around your dental implants if you want long term implant success.
I hope you find this information useful and if you have any questions about dental implants and would like to contact us, please call our office at (561) 968 6022, we love answering your questions.
Carlos Boudet, DDS DICOI