How Does Periodontal Disease Affect My Dental Implants

San Francisco Dental ImplantsOne of the most common reasons why men and women in San Fransisco lose their teeth is because of periodontal disease. Some of the patients we treat believe that the best way that they can prevent or even reverse this disease might be with implant dentistry. The unfortunate reality is the leading cause of dental implant failure happens to be periodontal disease. This doesn’t mean that dental implants are not effective; it only means there are more significant issues to overcome before you can be considered a good candidate for implants. When you and our doctors at SF Oral Surgery work as a team, we will come up with a treatment plan to restore your gums so that they are healthy enough to support dental implants.

Dental Implant Failure is Possible if You Have Periodontal Disease

Dental implants are vulnerable to the effects of bacteria, just like your natural teeth. San Fransisco patients who have a history of periodontal disease are at a higher risk of experiencing dental implant failure when compared to those with healthy gums. We don’t mean to suggest that you should dismiss implant dentistry to replace missing teeth – quite the opposite. Our intention is first to treat your periodontal disease so we can proceed with the implant process

Altered Oral Hygiene Habits Can Help

Just because you may have a history of periodontal disease doesn’t mean it has to continue. Once you’ve successfully undergone an implant dentistry procedure, take the necessary steps to improve your oral hygiene habits. Our doctors will make some valuable suggestions to help you improve your oral health to increase the likelihood that you won’t have to experience implant failure, but it’s up to you to put in the work. The best way to think about implants is to consider them a fresh start to develop better habits, rather than a temporary fix until you have to get your teeth fixed again. As your doctors in San Francisco, we are committed to helping you improve your oral hygiene so you can avoid implant failure due to periodontal disease in the future.

Each Patient’s Situation is Different

Implant dentistry has been around for many years, and its track record of success speaks for itself. The difference between successful dental implants and failed implants has to do with the patient’s habits. By incorporating consistent brushing, flossing, and routine cleanings from your dentist, you’ll be able to reverse periodontal disease and improve your oral health. But since every San Fransisco patient is different, we will work with you to come up with a specific oral hygiene plan.

SF Oral Surgery is committed to helping patients in San Francisco have better oral health. We are experts in implant dentistry and will work with you to develop a treatment plan suited to your specific needs.

To learn more about implant dentistry and how it relates to periodontal disease, contact us today by calling (415) 776-6710 to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. They will help you to set up a consultation.