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Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease with All-On-4

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Periodontal disease is the chief culprit when it comes to tooth loss in adults. Sometimes, it is as minor as inflamed areas of the gums near the teeth, and in other cases to severe bone and tooth damage from bacterial infection. Over half of all adults age 30 and over suffer from periodontal disease, and those who smoke, have diabetes, take certain medications, or possess certain genetic predispositions are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease.

The good news is even if you have suffered bone or tooth loss from periodontal disease, there is a surgical procedure for securing dental prosthesis that minimizes invasiveness and adds stability to the anchoring of your prosthesis to the jawbone. Here are some facts about the causes and effects of periodontal disease, and how an All-on-4 dental implant may help restore and maintain your dental health.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Simply put, periodontal disease is a condition in which the gums become inflamed, pulling tissue away from the teeth and bone to form pockets. The debris that builds up in these pockets around the teeth can cause further inflammation and bacterial infection, causing a buildup of plaques that turn into hardened tartar that eventually rots away at the teeth and bones.

Usually, proper dental hygiene is enough to prevent these issues. Once tooth and bone loss begin, periodontal disease becomes more difficult to treat. Fortunately, there is a very effective surgical solution using dental implants to treat periodontal disease. Dental implants make it much easier for those in more advanced stages to slow or halt further damage.

How Dental Implants Slow the Progress of Periodontal Disease

The determining factor in discovering whether or not dental implants are the right treatment for your periodontal disease is bone loss. Tooth loss with periodontal disease is inevitable in most advanced cases, but whether or not implants will be effective in halting or slowing the progress of the disease depends on how much the jawbone has been affected.

A dental implant effectively acts as synthetic/artificial tooth root, anchoring dental prosthesis to the jaw for a secure fit. Usually, most prostheses need at least six to ten anchor points to maintain a solid and stable fit; however, if bone loss is too advanced, this method will not be effective in most cases as there may not be even six points of contact that are safe to use as anchor points for implants. Fortunately, there is an alternative solution that may be viable for patients with more advanced bone loss: All-on-4 dental implants.

What are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

All-on-4 implants work with only four points of contact to the jawbone; this makes for less invasive implants with increased stability. This also means those who have already suffered significant bone loss in their lower jaw are still eligible for dental implants.

Advice About Post-All-on-4 Periodontal Disease Treatment

If you are a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants, there are some caveats regarding what to do before, during, and after you have implants installed. Chief among these is proper dental hygiene and regular professional dental care before and after surgery. When implants are installed, they open up your gum tissue and bones to possible bacterial infection post-operation, so taking good care of your teeth and gums before and after your implant operation is essential to making sure your All-on-4 implants do preserve, protect, and improve your existing dental health.

Ultimately, if you believe All-on-4 might be a procedure that would give back your dental health and confidence, make an appointment with your dentist today to be evaluated for All-on-4 implants. A number of x-rays and bone scans are necessary to verify eligibility, but don’t let previous evaluations for dental implants dissuade you from making an appointment for consultation.

Additionally, if you suffer from periodontal disease, be sure to maintain good dental hygiene and seek treatment at least once a year so surgical intervention can be delayed or prevented for as long as possible. If you already suffered tooth and bone loss due to periodontal disease, give yourself the gift of confidence in your dental health and speak with Dr. Ginger Price DDS about an evaluation for All-on-4 dental implants today.

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