What You Should Know About Dental Implants & Gum Disease

dental implant in healthy gumsDo you have gum disease and are worried about not being a candidate for dental implants? Untreated periodontal disease can cause problems like infection, bone loss, and tooth loss. Since dental implants need a healthy amount of jawbone for success, the worry is understandable.

Can You Have Dental Implants If You Have Periodontal Disease?

Luckily if you have gum disease, you can still get dental implants, but only if the disease is treated. Periodontal disease needs to be corrected before getting implants, otherwise, the procedure could fail. If there is significant bone or gum loss, your doctor will add bone and soft tissue grafts to supplement your mouth. That way, the jawbone and surrounding tissue will be strong enough to integrate with the implants.

Even if you have severe gum disease, you can still get dental implants. In fact, it’s best to replace all affected teeth with implants before the disease spreads to the jawbone. Many candidates with gum disease may need preliminary surgery to replace the gums or bone with grafts to ensure proper integration with dental implants. In other words, any lost gum tissue can be replaced with soft tissue grafts before the dental implant procedure.

Are Dental Implants a Permanent Solution For Tooth Loss?

If you have missing loose teeth, dental implants are a great permanent solution to restore your smile. They are customized and fitted to replicate your natural teeth. Plus, dental implants don’t increase your risk of tooth decay or gum disease because they integrate with the jawbone and the mouth, providing stability. No more loose false teeth that you need to take out to clean. Just care for your dental implants like natural teeth.

Your Full Mouth Implant Options

There are a couple of options at Mile High Dental Centers when it comes to full mouth dental implants.

All-on-4®

These implants can be placed on both arches to replace all upper or lower teeth. We use quality materials and the latest techniques to ensure gorgeous, functional results you’ll love.

Zirconia

These also cover the entire mouth but are made from ceramic instead of titanium, making them a great non-metal alternative. Plus, their sturdy materials also promote better hygiene because plaque cannot stick to the zirconia.

Though gum disease and dental implants can still work together, it’s better to avoid periodontal disease altogether. While you may not recognize the signs and symptoms of gum issues, your dentist will. That’s why regular checkups are necessary to make sure you have a happy and healthy mouth.

The good news is that even if you have advanced-stage gum disease, you can still enjoy the benefits of dental implants. Their benefits outweigh any preliminary steps you might have to take before their implantation like bone or tissue grafts.

If you’re ready for a long-lasting, beautiful smile, contact us today for a free consultation with one of our specialists.


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