While dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth or and can last a lifetime, sometimes problems can occur.  Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is one of those problems.

 A few weeks ago, we treated a woman who had peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that affects the soft and hard tissue surrounding dental implants.  

 The patient’s front teeth were due to be removed, as a result of the gum disease. However, Dr JJ Serfontein was determined to save her teeth and restore her smile. Using various treatment techniques, he managed to eliminate the gum disease and get her back to her confident, smiling self. 

 Let’s take a look at the treatments Dr JJ Serfontein used to bring back this patient’s smile:

 Deep cleaning and scaling to treat periodontitis

 In this patient’s case, Dr JJ Serfontein had to perform a deep cleaning around the implant. Dr JJ Serfontein uses specialized instrumentation, including lasers. He flushed the gum pockets with an antiseptic solution. The solutions released antibiotic microspheres directly into the gum pockets surrounding the implants. In addition, he prescribed an oral antibiotic, which the patient took for a few days. Dr JJ Serfontein also provided feedback to the patient on the effectiveness of her oral hygiene routine care and changes she could make. He also recommended certain products specifically tailored to suit her individual needs. 

Veneers to fix affected teeth

 In the case of this patient, she had a form of periodontal disease that affected the aesthetic appearance of her teeth. As gum disease progresses, the gums pull away from the tooth and leaves pockets for plaque to move closer to the root of the tooth. This causes root exposure and weakening of the bone that supports your teeth which can make your teeth loose, and they may even fall out. After receiving the deep cleaning, the patient was fitted with dental veneers to improve the look of her teeth. 

At JJS Dentistry, we use porcelain veneers- thin covers that cover the front side of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for many years because it is such an exceptional match for natural tooth enamel.

Take a look at the fantastic results we achieved:

 

How to care for your teeth: Post-periodontitis 

After your deep cleaning procedure, Dr JJ Serfontein will give you homecare instructions, according to your unique situation. You will also need to come in for a check-up 4-6 weeks later to check on your condition. To help prevent periodontitis from returning, we also recommend that you come in for more frequent cleanings- perhaps every 3 months instead of twice yearly. Regular cleanings will help prevent new infection and promote faster healing. During your appointments, Dr Serfontein will continue to measure pocketing to determine whether your gums are getting better.

Preventing periodontitis

It’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Dr JJ Serfontein recommends strict maintenance cleaning and monitoring regimens for dental implants to prevent periodontitis from reappearing. The end result will be gums that are firm and pink rather than red and tender, and teeth (and implants) that are healthy. 

 Many complications can occur if your gums and teeth are not properly cared for and cleaned. There are also many ways to treat gum diseases and eradicate complications. However, it’s preferable to prevent them from occurring in the first place. The best way to do that is to practice good oral hygiene.

If you worry about the health of your gums and teeth, contact Dr JJS Serfontein. He will conduct a thorough assessment and the best treatment options to get your smile back to its former glory.