How to Treat Periodontal Disease Before Dental Implants?

How to treat periodontal disease before dental implants?

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    Periodontal disease (i.e. periodontitis) Gum disease is a progressive condition that can affect your oral health.

    It can include the deterioration of gum tissue, the underlying jawbone, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults worldwide. A study shows that one out of every two Americans (aged over 30) has some periodontal disease.

    Never ignore the early signs of periodontal disease. They occur when a bacterial infection begins to irritate the teeth and gums.

    Illustration shows how periodontal disease affects a tooth.
    This is how periodontal disease affects your teeth.

    Periodontal disease is treatable. Only after clinical evaluation, we can recommend the best possible plan of treatment.

    Oral antibiotics before a dental implants surgery

    Antibiotic treatments have shown improvement when used to treat people with periodontal disease. They are more reliable than leaving a condition such as periodontal disease untreated.

    Taking into consideration the practical nature of antibiotics, the use of them after any dental surgery is common.

    When gum disease is left untreated, you risk losing enough teeth to keep the implant's integrity and to the tissue around it.

    Picture of mouth and teeth showing advanced periodontal disease.
    Mouth with gum disease.

    Should you take antibiotics after dental implant surgery?

    Yes, you must. Implanting an external object into your bone will provoke some reactions in your body. We need to keep the area free from infection; we need to give them a chance to heal properly.

    When you come to Cancun to our clinic, we will prescribe a round of antibiotics as well as pain killers after your dental implant surgery.

    what are the most common antibiotics to treat gum disease?

    Oral antibiotics help fight off infection in the entire body as opposed to a topical gel that targets a specific area.

    Information about several classes of oral antibiotics is listed below:

    Tetracycline antibiotics – the primary type of antibiotics used in periodontal treatment. Tetracycline antibiotics reduce inflammation. The presence of bacteria, and block proteins which destroy connective tissue.

    Macrolide antibiotics – to reduce inflammation and bacterial growth.

    Metronidazole – Combined with Amoxicillin or Tetracyclin to treat severe cases of periodontitis.

    * Topical Antibiotic Treatments: By directly placing a topical antibiotic ointment onto the affected area. Patients reduce the risk of any adverse effects that may result from the prolonged ingestion of oral antibiotics.

    The Progressive Nature of Periodontal Disease

    Periodontal disease can have significant consequences when left untreated. It can include gum inflammation and eventual tooth loss. Research has shown that various antibiotics combined during dental surgery give superb results.

    Untreated mild gum inflammation can lead to significant consequences, including periodontal disease.


    Periodontal disease can lead to the decay of gum tissue, tooth loss, and eventual jaw damage.

    Graphic of two sets of teeth, one healthy and the other with periodontal disease.

    Types of Periodontal Disease

    It is always better to treat periodontitis immediately. If you wait until the disease worsens, you might need many dental implants and dentures.

    Some prevalent types of periodontal disease are listed below:

    Chronic periodontitis - It is the most common form of periodontitis. It is characterized by progressive inflammation of the oral tissue. This may result in deepening gum sockets and gum recession, which gives the appearance of longer teeth. The progression of chronic periodontitis is not linear. In other words, although it might seem like it is improving untreated, it may progress fast in the future.

    Periodontitis caused by systemic disease – It is a form of periodontitis that is the result of a condition associated with diseases including diabetes, respiratory illness, and heart disease. It typically is noticed at an early age.

    Aggressive periodontitis – It is a form of periodontitis characterized by sudden bone and gum degeneration.

    Necrotizing periodontitis – It is a form of periodontitis often seen in individuals suffering from an autoimmune disease (e.g. HIV) or malnutrition. It is the deterioration in the periodontal ligament, the alveolar bone (the bone which supports the teeth), and gum tissue.

    Treatments For Periodontal Disease

    Before any treatment plan, we recommend a complete periodontal exam. We will need it to assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone as well as any other mediating factors. By treating periodontitis on time you can save money as well as your teeth.

    Some successful treatments for periodontal disease include the following: Scaling and root planing – All infectious bacteria and tartar is removed by cleaning gum sockets. Aftercare includes noninvasive antibiotic treatments and the use of a prescription mouthwash. Tissue Regeneration – Regeneration of damaged tissue and bone is promoted by the use of grafting procedures.

    Pocket elimination surgery – Surgical treatments including pocket elimination surgery and jawbone surgery is also combined. It can be used to cut the pocket size where bacteria colonize between teeth and gums or in bone indentations.

    Dental implants – Dental implants replace lost teeth in both form and function. Tissue regeneration is necessary to ensure that a dental implant procedure is successful. Dental implants in Mexico have the same quality as any clinic in the United States.

    Your dentist will be able to determine what category best fits the stage of any periodontal disease. Based on the amount of space between your teeth and gums, gum inflammation, bleeding, and the presence of loose teeth.

    Stages of periodontal disease

    Stage 1 -  Gingivitis
    Gingivitis, caused by plaque-related toxins. It is characterized by irritated gums which are sore, inflamed, and apt to bleed.

    Stage 2 -  Periodontitis
    Periodontitis has all the symptoms of gingivitis. Excess plaque can turn into calculus. These compounds can force gums to recede from teeth, thus creating pockets which can fill with bacteria. Along with irritated gums, a moderate bone loss may result from periodontitis.

    Stage 3 - Advanced Periodontitis
    When gingivitis and later periodontitis continue to go untreated, the gums, jawbone, and periodontal ligament can deteriorate further. Alone with severe bone loss, tooth loss may also be present.

    Dental Implants in Cancun


    With the high dental costs in the United States, few people can have dental work performed, but it is often necessary. Instead of risking tooth loss due to a limited budget, come to Cancun to get the quality dental treatment you need. Including any needed dental implants or bridges over implants.

    You don't need to wait to receive dental treatment due to the high cost of dental work in the United States. Instead, consider seeking quality dental work in  Cancun Mexico at costs you can afford.

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