Transform your smile with dental implants.pdf - Page 30



Smoking
Smoking does not mean you cannot have implants. It does,
however, increase the severity of gum disease, and smokers do not
heal as well as non-smokers after surgery. This can be an issue
when patients need extensive bone- or gum-grafting procedures.
Smokers do not respond as well to gum treatment and often have
more gum problems. Quitting or reducing smoking will greatly
increase your overall health and improve the long-term success of
your treatment.
Peri-implantitis
Dental implants do not decay like teeth; but the supporting bone
can be lost around the implant in a process called peri-implantitis.
This is a growing problem. Research has shown that some implant
systems are more susceptible to this problem than others. A wellresearched and proven implant system, used in conjunction with
thorough daily cleaning, has been shown to significantly reduce
the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
To avoid peri-implantitis it is imperative that:
• the implant is meticulously cleaned every day using a
toothbrush as well as interdental brushes and/or dental floss
• you avoid smoking
• gum disease is carefully monitored and kept under control
• the implant protrudes through thick, leathery gum
• the implant is placed by an experienced implant dentist who
ensures it is positioned well in the bone
• the implant is made of high-quality components that have at
least a 10-year record of success.
It is far better to prevent than to treat peri-implantitis, which is
difficult to deal with and may often require localised surgery and
additional regular professional maintenance. If the problem
progresses, the implant will need to be removed before too
much surrounding bone is lost. In these cases, if caught early a
new implant can usually be successfully placed.
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