OlCouple Hugging In the ParkWashington, DC men and women who either have dental implants or are considering them as their tooth replacement option, should understand how periodontal disease can affect their oral health and their dental implants. At Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Drs. Emery, Retana and DiFabio provide every patient with the highest level of care possible in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Every member of our team works to help patients achieve optimum oral health by preventing and treating oral health problems and educating patients about how to maintain their oral health. So, when it comes to dental implants, there is no exception. Periodontal disease affects dental implants, and we want you to know exactly how.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an oral health condition that is most often caused by poor oral hygiene. It starts out as the seemingly harmless gingivitis, but if left untreated it can quickly become detrimental and damaging to your teeth and gums.

Washington, DC men and women suffering from periodontal disease often experience red, swollen, and tender gums. The inner layer of their gums will also often pull away from the teeth creating deep pockets that trap food and debris, which often leads to further infection. If the condition is ignored, this infection will eventually settle into the bone, and both the soft tissues and bone will begin to weaken and deteriorate. This can lead to loose teeth and even teeth that fall out.

The reason Drs. Emery, Retana and DiFabio want their patients to be fully educated on this serious disease is that it not only affects their overall oral health, but it can affect the success of their dental implants. Thankfully, periodontal disease can be treated, and your healthy gums can be regained.

The Effects Periodontal Disease Has on Dental Implants

Dental implants require strong, healthy jawbone in order to be successful long-term. When you factor in periodontal disease, the chances of success may decrease. Whether you have periodontal disease and want to receive dental implants soon, or you have dental implants and have been diagnosed with the disease, it’s imperative that you seek proper treatment.

In order to prevent periodontal disease in the first place and ensure you have healthy gums and jawbone for your dental implants, Drs. Emery, Retana and DiFabio recommend that Washington, DC men and women regularly practice proper oral hygiene:

  1. Brush twice daily
  2. Floss once a day
  3. Use antibacterial mouthwash once a day
  4. Visit your general dentist for regular cleanings and checkups twice a year, or as recommended by your doctor
  5. Seek out professional help at the first signs of gum disease

Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a Head Above The Rest

Drs. Emery, Retana and DiFabio are leaders in oral and maxillofacial surgery and have been recognized throughout Washington, DC and beyond as experts in dental implantology. If you are suffering from periodontal disease, and you either already have dental implants or want them as your tooth replacement option, it is imperative that you seek their help for proper care and healing. With more than 35 years of experience and training, both Drs. Emery, Retana and DiFabio have seen it all, and they know just how to help each individual patient attain healthy gums, teeth, and jawbone.

Call their office today in Washington, DC at (202) 386-7100 to schedule your first appointment!