Deficiency in vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis, the progression of periodontal disease, and possible dental implant failure. Adequate intake of vitamin D can decrease the risk of inflammation of the gums and bone around the teeth, as it has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pro-wound healing effects. In addition, vitamin D is important for bone metabolism, preventing tooth loss and promoting bone formation around dental implants. Patients who demonstrate a poor wound healing response after periodontal and implant surgery, need to have vitamin D serum levels evaluated and treated if necessary. The vitamin D test is a simple finger stick blood test that measures your Vitamin D
level. Our office offers this test to screen patients with progressive periodontal disease, patients with failure of conventional periodontal therapy, or patients with dental implant failure.