Information on Dental Implants

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Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Dental Implant and Gum Specialist


Are Dental Implants Susceptible to Gum Disease?

Peterborough Periodontists, Dental implant Specialists Peterborough, Kawarthas Dentists, Dental implants, Gum Disease,One of the best ways to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant as they function just like your natural teeth. It is very important however, to remember that just as a natural tooth they are capable of becoming diseased. It is imperative to take care of them and keep them clean at all times with proper oral health home care and visiting your dentists or periodontist regularly. With proper care your dental implant can last a lifetime.

Signs of peri-implant diseases are similar to symptoms of gum disease: red or tender gums around the implants, or bleeding when brushing. And just like your natural teeth, implants require regular tooth brushing and flossing and regular check-ups from a dental professional. Other risks factors for developing peri-implant disease include previous periodontal disease diagnosis, poor plaque control, smoking, and diabetes. It is essential to routinely monitor dental implants as part of a comprehensive periodontal evaluation. (ADA)

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Warning signs of gum disease

gum disease, symptoms of gum disease, dental health, teeth care, peterborough periodontists,Gum disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease.

However, warning signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Millions of people don’t know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated.

Information as per the ADA

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DIABETES and Your Oral Health – Peterborough Periodontist *

Toronto Periodontists, Diabetes, Oral Health, Top Periodontists in Peterborough, Peterborough Dental offices, Diabetes and your Oral Health, Research shows that gum disease and diabetes may affect one another. For instance, gum disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes by increasing blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels over an extended period of time are associated with premature degeneration of eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Studies have also shown that people with diabetes face a greater risk of developing oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have diabetes. The good news is that the treatment of either gum disease or diabetes can lead to improvements in the other. Your dentist has the training and experience necessary to assess your oral health, and to determine a course of treatment that is best for you. Some of the most common oral health problems associated with diabetes are:

·      tooth decay
·      gum disease
·      dry mouth
·      fungal infections
·      lesions in the mouth
·      taste impairment
·      infection and delayed healing

If you are a diabetic, speak to your dentist or periodontist about the best course of treatment for you. Make sure to let him or her know:

·      if the diabetes is under control
·      if you take insulin and when your last usual dose of insulin was administered
·      if there has been any other change in your medical history
·      the names of all the herbal medicines, prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking

Information as per the Ontario Dental Association.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontics