Periodontal disease is the technical name for gum disease, the most common reason for tooth loss in patients after the age of 25. Poor oral hygiene is the cause of gum disease. Thoroughly brushing and cleaning between the teeth at least once per day will help prevent the onset of gum disease. If a patient finds it difficult to floss, using thin toothpicks can be an acceptable alternative for cleaning between the teeth. Although easily preventable, periodontal disease is often difficult to maintain once the deterioration process begins.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is like a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.