The Importance of Dental Hygiene & Periodontal Treatment:
Good oral hygiene and healthy gums are essential for the longevity of implant-based restorations. An implant may be perfectly placed, but if the gums are in a poor condition, osseointegration, the bonding of bone to implant, will be slower and may even not happen at all. This means that a non-osseointegrated implant may have to be removed. Also, with progressive periodontitis an implant may become loose over time. This is why we always recommend periodontal treatment prior to implant placement. Because we realise the importance of having healthy gums, we are one of only a few clinics in the UK to have specialised laser equipment, which destroys the bacteria that cause periodontitis. After treatment, the gums have a far better chance of healing and to recover their ability to osseointegrate with a natural tooth or an implant. The overall periodontal condition will be greatly improved.
The average worldwide rate for implant rejection is 4%. With so many successful implant placements to date, our low implant rejection rate, which would make any implantologist proud, at just 0.43% (10 times less) is due to the fact that most of our patients follow our recommendations, and opt for the essential pre-operative treatment.