Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Peri-Implantitis: The Connection and Treatment
Lecture Course for the Entire Dental Team
February 23, 2019
Periodontal diseases are chronic, infectious, and inflammatory diseases resulting from exposure of the periodontium to dental plaque, a complex bacterial biofilm that accumulates on the teeth. With periodontal disease the epithelial tissue, connective tissue, and bone is damaged and the teeth and dental implants may be lost. To understand long term survival of dental implants, the clinician must have a clear understanding of the epithelial tissue, connective tissue, and bone relationships to the dental implant surfaces. Evidence suggests that periodontitis and peri-implantitis may be the same and may contribute to the development or progression of local tissue break down and other diseases or conditions. In light of the high prevalence of the periodontal disease, these associations may be important for the maintenance of dental implants. Patients and health care providers must be informed that periodontal intervention may prevent the onset of hard and soft tissue breakdown or progression of various systemic diseases.
The purpose of this presentation to provide evidence-based information to evaluate the relationships of the hard and soft tissues of connection to dental implants and to determine if these tissues are subject to periodontal breakdown. To understand the mechanism by which periodontal infections may contribute to the destruction of periodontal tissues or the loss of dental implants.
Understand the hard and soft tissue relationships to dental implants
To understand the pathways of periodontal break down about dental implants
Identify hard and soft tissue conditions that may contribute to periodontal break down about dental implants
Determine the time and sequence for treatment and prevention of failing dental implants
To properly to inform the patient of the potential periodontal disease and systemic concerns of dental implants
Determine the proper maintenance of dental implants by the patient and the dental hygienist