With over fifteen years of experience, The Al-Fa Perio clinic in London is specialists in periodontology and dental implants as well as leading experts in laser gum treatments.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to periodontal disease and if the correct care has not been taken it can still cause havoc to dental implants and remaining surrounding teeth.
Our team designs the dental implants to fully integrate with the body. This means that post-treatment implants need to be treated and cared for the same as any other natural tooth.
On the rare occasion that a dental implant might fail can be due to a lack of post-placement care, which results in the reappearance of periodontal disease. The main causes are:
Poor oral hygiene
Implants are known to succeed in a healthy, happy mouth. Implants can fail when bad oral health is exhibited. This includes smoking, which can inhibit healing, alcohol and not cleaning or flossing your teeth on a daily basis.
As tartar build-up is the main contributor to periodontal disease it is important to have regular check-ups with our onsite periodontist Dr Rana Al-Falaki, who will assess the severity and advise the best treatment moving forward.
Avoid grinding down on teeth as this can damage the implant and support structures. Also, beware of heavy biting and avoid heavy contact sports such as rugby.
The area around the implant can be susceptible to developing gingivitis and even periodontitis if there is tooth decay present in the mouth.
As implants act the same as any other tooth, this means that they are also susceptible to gum disease.
If there are signs and symptoms of gum disease present then it is crucial to act quickly.
Periodontist Dr Rana Al-Falaki can use the innovative Laser Gum Treatment to reverse the damage and effects and restore the gums and bones to secure the implant.
Periodontal disease can be hereditary. If there is a history of the disease in the family then there is a likelihood that you are prone to developing some type of gum disease.
If my implant fails should I replace it with another one?
Complete failure and loss of dental implants are extremely rare. A conversation with your dentist can highlight the reasons why it has failed and the best steps moving forward.
If the reason, for example, is smoking then this is something you can control and change. By quitting you will be making your mouth suitable once again for implants.