• Atherosclerosis (Heart Disease and some Strokes)
• Preterm low-birth-weight babies
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Respiratory Diseases
The BCPI team are always working to keep you up to date with the
latest findings in this area.
How is Periodontal Disease treated?
There are a range of proven treatments for periodontal disease. All of these are available at BCPI and your periodontist will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your case. Not all treatments are applicable for every patient. Commonly non-surgical treatment
involving thorough debridement (cleaning) of the tooth root surfaces will
be undertaken often over a number of appointments. In some cases
periodontal surgery may be required to gain adequate access to the root
surfaces. Periodontal surgery is necessary when your periodontist
determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be
• Increase the amount of tooth above the gum for restorative
• Graft tissue into areas where disease has result in loss of gum
Systemic antibiotics may sometimes be indicated as a adjunctive treatment and dental implants may be an option when teeth have been lost.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants? Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. Following a period of healing they are then restored with crowns and or bridges or may be used to help support a denture. Titanium is used as many years of research has shown that it integrates with the surrounding bone. Sometimes implants have modified surfaces to help improve the speed of healing around the implant. In carefully chosen cases, the success rate of dental implants is very high (98%+). A review of cases placed at BCPI and published in the Australian Dental Journal reveals success rates equal to or higher than those published internationally. (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122400882/abstract).
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral
health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and
the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal
disease. Assessment of the bone usually requires radiographs and often
Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and
underlying bone in the mouth. Since periodontists are the dental experts
who specialize in precisely these areas, they are ideal members of your
dental implant team.
Not everyone is suitable for dental implants. The BCPI periodontists are experienced in selecting cases that may benefit from dental implants.
What Can Dental Implants Do?
• Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
• Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial
• Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and
What are the Advantages of Implants over Dentures or a Bridge?
Dental implants maybe an ideal solution to the problem of missing teeth.
• Aesthetics - Dental implants can look and feel like your own teeth
• Tooth-saving - Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your
• Confidence - Dental implants can allow you to once again speak and
eat with comfort and confidence!
• Reliable - The success rate of dental implants in many situations is
What types of Implants are used?
• There are a large number of different implant systems available. At BCPI usually one of 4 proven, well researched leading brands of implants will be utilized. The implants themselves are made of titanium and may have range of different surface coatings and
treatments to allow better and faster integration with the bone. The
implant substitutes for the missing root of the tooth.
• Most implant systems can be placed as either a one or two stage
procedure depending on the clinical need for more or less healing.
• Your BCPI periodontist, in consultation with your restorative dentist/
specialist will decide what it the best system to use in your situation.
Looking after your implant.
Just like teeth, your implant(s) requires the regular care of daily oral hygiene measures. You will be taught specific techniques for cleaning your implant(s).
Regular ongoing checks for your implants are important to maintain the health of the surrounding tissue in the same manner as your natural teeth.