So most of us have heard about gum disease or gingivitis, but what is periodontal disease or periodontitis?

Periodontal disease is the inflammation of the periodontal tissues that support the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone.

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria that are present in plaque. If plaque is left on the teeth undisturbed for several days it can harden and turn into what we call calculus.  A combination of plaque and calculus being left on the tooth surface can cause the gums to swell and start to bleed.  This is the beginning of gum disease which is a precursor to periodontal disease and if left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss. In most cases, periodontal disease is a preventable disease.

3 stages of avdnaced periodontal disease and bone loss

Impacts of Periodontal Disease

  • Swollen, red, bleeding gums that can also be painful
  • Significant gum recession
  • Loose teeth/ loss of teeth
  • Teeth that have moved or drifted – commonly seen between front teeth

diagram of advanced periodontitis

If I Am at Risk or Have Periodontal Disease, Am I Still Eligible for All-On-4 Implants?

The All-on-4 dental implant procedure helps create a healthier mouth and a healthier body by reducing your risk of periodontal disease—a bacterially induced chronic infection and inflammatory disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Because dental implants restore your mouth to a more natural state, they may help fend off periodontal disease.

During the All-On-4 procedure infected tissue is removed prior to the placement of implants, to start fresh in stable bone and healthy gums.

It is important to note that not everyone who has been diagnosed with Periodontal disease requires All-On-4 treatment, this treatment should only be considered if your teeth have been given a hopeless prognosis.

To find out if you are an eligible candidate for our revolutionary All-On-4 treatment contact our team on 1300 625 625 to arrange a complimentary consultation.