Cleaning Dental ImplantsThere are 4 rules to keep Dental Implants Healthy
1. Good Plaque Control with Electric Toothbrush and effective interdental cleaning,
2. Regulars check ups with the dentist
3. Regular Maintenance visits with the Dental Hygienists
4. No Smoking
It is important to remember that the support structures in the gum are different between an implants and a normal tooth.
For most patients with dental Implants a normal visit t the hygienist is quite sufficient to maintain a health gum.
Peri-ImplantitisPeri-Implantitis is an infectious disease that causes an inflammatory process in the soft and hard tissues surrounding an osseointegrated implant, leading to the loss of supporting bone. Bone, for a variety of reasons, is lost around the dental implant. This condition generally occurs without the patient being aware of it. There are many factors on why this can happen. Some dental implants on some patients will develop bone loss which can happen very early after having the crown put on the implant or it can happen many years down the road. Dental implants are fantastic, but nothing is without risks. If your dentist tells you they are 100% successful and have no problems ever, I would suggest seeking another opinion.
Risk Factors•Tobacco use •Poorly controlled systemic conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, post-irradiated jaws) •History of periodontitis and noncompliance to treatment •Poor oral hygiene •Parafunctional habits (e.g., bruxism) •Iatrogenic factors (e.g., lack of primary stability and premature loading during the healing period)
Signs•Progressive increase in probing depth •Suppurations (Pus) and exudation from peri-implant space •Bleeding on probing •Clinical appearance of inflamed tissue (bleeding, swelling, colour change, suppuration, and plaque/calculus accumulation) •Progressive loss of supporting bone on follow-up radiographs (Figs. 1 and 2): loss of supporting bone beyond 0.2 mm annually, after the expected physiologic remodelling. •Metal thread exposure Long tooth
SymptomsMost patients are unaware that they have bone loss around the dental implant. Peri-implantitis generally progresses in a painless fashion. Once it is established, you may begin to develop symptoms. •Not always symptomatic •Pain severity: typically none •May have dull aches, tenderness on brushing or palpation •Bad taste: potentially noticeable if there are purulent exudates •Increasing mobility (in cases of a failed implant) •Lymphadenopathy
TreatmentThe long-term goals are to stop the progression of the disease and maintain the implant site. Depending on the etiology of the problem, a specific treatment is selected. Appropriate management of peri-implantitis often requires referral to a periodontist. Treatment Options include: Control the acute bacterial infection and reduce the inflammation in the tissues through: Mechanical debridement Localized and/or systemic antimicrobial therapy Improved patient compliance with oral hygiene until a healthy peri-implant site is established Detoxify the implant surface by using mechanical devices (e.g., high pressure air powder abrasive, laser decontamination) and/or by applying chemotherapeutic agents Perform flap management with either (or both) resective and regenerative approaches, depending on the morphology and size of the bone destruction.
Pain Free Laser Gum Treatment
Our LaserThe EPIC Laser is the only diode laser with three unique therapy modes –
Soft Tissue Surgery,
How Do Lasers Improve Dental CareLasers are a great asset in modern dentistry. However because they are expensive to purchase and maintain, most dentists fail to utilise their benefits.
Using a laser for certain treatment can have a number of benefits for patients by
Providing faster healing times,
Reducing the risks of infection,
Creating less bleeding.
Creating less postoperative pain.
The laser generates a beam of concentrated light bringing energy into your mouth to help remove areas of infection as it destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth. In almost every case the patient feels nothing except a warm sensation in the gum.
The Ultimate in Patient ComfortOne of the most promising aspects of laser dentistry is the opportunity to do more with less anesthetic, and less damage to the tissue. Our EPIC laser delivers on that promise with ComfortPulse, a proprietary innovation that delivers precisely controlled micropulses of diode energy to the tissue, followed by “down” time to allow tissue to relax and respond positively to laser treatment.
Our EPIC laser also introduces a new ComfortPulse setting that delivers pulses to the tissue as short as one ten-millionth of a second, resulting in improved patient comfort, less damage to surrounding tissues, and better healing. With Our EPIC laser, patient comfort is a reality
Treatment of Gum Disease Around Dental ImplantsWe use our laser to remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Take advantage of our Laser's capabilities including performing "pocket therapy" using single-use disposable Perio tips.
The laser is not hot and there is virtually no awareness of what is happening.
Our EPIC Laser is a painless and effective alternative to the traditional method of surgically treating periodontal disease.
When treatment with Our EPIC Laser is combined with Good Effective maintenance then the results are excellent.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment:It eliminates the disease
You can save teeth, which usually would have to be extracted*
It’s a long term result which is easy to maintain
You will have beautiful healthy teeth and a fresh breath again
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For more information on laser dentistry, call our practice in Milton Keynes, on 01908 690326.
Our Hygienist ChargesThere is No Extra Charge to be seen Evenings and weekends.
|Simple Scale and Polish every 3 months||£35|
|Normal Scale and Polish||£45|
|Smokers Destaining using Jet Wash||£25 extra|
|Deep scaling with Local Anaesthetic||From £65 per quadrant|
|Deep scaling with Local Anaesthetic and Antibiotic Gel||From £100 per quadrant|
|Root Planing||From £65 per quadrant|
|Root Planing with Local Anaesthetic||From £85 per quadrant|
|Root Planing and Laser treatment with Local Anaesthetic||From £125 per quadrant|
|Tooth Whitening Consultation||Free|
|Fissure Sealants||From £15 per tooth|
But we ALWAYS give you a quote before treatment begins.