Is It Possible To Have Implants With Periodontitis?
Many patients wonder if dental implants are viable for tooth loss due to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that affects the supporting structures of the teeth. While it may seem counterintuitive to consider implants when gum health is compromised, advancements in dental technology and treatment protocols have changed the landscape. In this blog, we will explore the possibilities of getting dental implants with periodontitis and shed light on the factors determining candidacy for this innovative tooth replacement option.
Understanding Periodontitis and Its Impact on Tooth Loss
Periodontitis is a progressive gum disease that results from untreated gingivitis. As it advances, periodontitis causes inflammation and infection in the gums, destroying the periodontal ligament and jawbone. This loss of supporting structures ultimately results in tooth loss.
Active periodontal disease is a barrier to receiving dental implants. The good news is that contemporary approaches offer hope for all those seeking tooth replacement solutions.
Advancements in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
In the past, dental professionals might have advised against dental implants for individuals with severe periodontitis due to concerns about adequate bone and the risk of implant failure. However, the scenario has changed thanks to significant advancements in periodontics and implant dentistry.
Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation
Periodontists now conduct a thorough assessment to evaluate the extent and severity of periodontitis before recommending dental implants. A comprehensive evaluation helps determine oral health and whether the patient is suitable for implants.
Bone Regeneration Techniques
In cases where the jawbone has been affected by periodontitis, bone regeneration techniques, such as bone grafts and sinus lifts, may augment and fortify the bone structure, ensuring adequate bone support for successful implant placement.
Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique
The future of bone grafting is being transformed by the innovative Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique (SMART). This patented approach offers a simple and predictable solution to bone grafting. Dr. Marie-Claire Tredinick is certified in Dr. Ernesto Lee’s SMART bone grafting technique, which provides esthetic and stable ridge augmentation before or after dental implant placement.
The remarkable results of the SMART bone grafting technique include minimal pain, reduced swelling, and fewer complications. Notably, this efficient method does not involve flaps, membranes, or screws, making it a patient-friendly and effective approach to bone grafting.
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure
Laser technology has revolutionized periodontal treatment. Our Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) can effectively target and eliminate bacteria causing periodontitis, creating a more conducive environment for dental implant success.
Determining Candidacy for Dental Implants
While dental implants are now a possibility for some individuals with periodontitis, not everyone may be an ideal candidate. The critical factor in determining candidacy is the extent of bone loss and gum tissue damage. A detailed consultation with a skilled periodontist will help assess the individual’s unique situation and recommend the most suitable treatment plan.
Have Periodontitis? Get It Treated, Then Consider Implants.
In conclusion, dental implants can be a viable option for individuals with periodontitis, thanks to advancements in periodontics and implant dentistry. By undergoing a comprehensive evaluation and employing innovative techniques, periodontists can enhance the chances of successful implant placement, providing patients with a durable and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement solution.
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At Coastal Periodontics, our team of experienced periodontists delivers a personalized and cutting-edge custom periodontal treatment plan. If you are considering dental implants or need guidance on periodontal health, schedule a consultation with us today!
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional dental advice. Consult a qualified periodontist for personalized guidance and treatment options.
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