Dr. Suzanne Haeri of South Carthay is not only an experienced cosmetic dentist but also a provider of implant restorations. Implants replace teeth and help to solidify the jaw bone. But implants, like natural teeth, need to be cared for, or else they will be at risk of coming loose and need to be replaced.
Gum inflammation is usually the result of a gum pocket infection. When food debris gets caught below the gum line, bacteria eat it and produce acid as a waste product. Acid gets stuck in the tooth’s plaque, causing damage to the gum tissues. The immune system causes the gums to flame up, making them red, puffy, and painful, and possibly causing them to bleed. Even worse, the bone holding the implant in place may recede. People who have implants will recall the several months it took for jawbones to grow around the implant post (a process called “osseointegration”). If too much of that bone tissue is lost, the implant will have to be replaced for the patient’s safety.
Unfortunately, gum disease is not a rare phenomenon. However, with our office’s soft tissue laser, we can remove decayed dental material, preventing the infection from advancing. When patients uphold their oral hygiene and consult with their dentist for help at the first sign of gum inflammation, implants have a 98% success rate after ten years.