Dental implants are permanent tooth replacement options for patients missing one, some or all of their teeth. Dental implants were introduced in the 1980’s as an evolution from orthopedic use in joint surgery. Today, they are the #1 option for tooth replacement due to the success rate and predictability of reaching proper function and esthetics compared to natural tooth bridge and denture options. Implants provide advantages over these other options. Implants preserve adjacent tooth structure, underlying bone, and proper biomechanics of the bite. They are permanent, do not require removal, and are more esthetic. According to systematic reviews, success rates of implants over the lifetime average in the mid to high ninetieth percentile whereas the five year success rate of bridges are in the seventieth percentile.
Dental implants are composed of three parts. The implant itself is a titanium alloy screw that is placed into the jaw by a surgeon. After healing, the implant crown is screwed or cemented into the implant via an abutment by the general dentist. Implants are taken care just like natural teeth and require normal brushing and flossing. Just like tooth crowns, the implant crowns are made to fit with individualized color and contour. They function and appear like natural teeth and if taken care of properly, implants can be kept for a lifetime in healthy individuals. Ask your periodontist if you are a candidate for implants and if they are right for you!
Did you know periodontal disease is linked with many chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, athero-sclerotic cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart problems), arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity and psoriasis? The common link joining these chronic diseases at the most basic level is systemic inflammation. Doctors and researchers measure this inflammation by the level of biomarkers in the blood including C-reactive protein, chemokines and cytokines (TNFa, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10) among others. There is increasing evidence supporting these links and today more than ever, periodontists and primary care doctors are working together to reduce systemic inflammation and reduce the risk for and the severity of these diseases. Evidence shows the systemic benefits of treating oral inflammation from periodontal disease on the rest of the body. Many of these inflammatory diseases including periodontitis are asymptomatic and require clinical diagnosis. Early detection is critical to reduce your risk.
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Your periodontist is a great resource for patient education and triage for medical consultation to comprehensively treat the inflammation connected with periodontal disease. Meet Dr. Lauren Anderson aims to provide early detection and collaborates with your primary care doctor to provide the treatment you need.