If you have missing teeth, dental implants are the best choice for replacement if you are a good candidate. Implants require sufficient bone mass in the jaw before they are successful. They also require healthy gum tissue to support them. If you have severe gum disease, you might need treatment before you can have implants. This could include deep cleaning treatments or a gum graft.
Gums and Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most natural-looking option for tooth replacement. They are also permanent and stationary, because they are affixed to an artificial tooth root that is anchored in the jawbone. In order for this root to heal effectively, you must have enough bone in your jaw to support it. You will also need to have healthy gums, since gums also play a vital role in keeping the teeth stable.
Many people who have missing teeth also have gum disease, since gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss. Before you can have implant surgery, you should have your gums evaluated to ensure they are healthy. A periodontist can determine whether you require any treatment for your gums before your implants are placed.
Treatment for Gum Disease
The necessary treatment depends upon how bad your gums are. If the infection is severe and widespread, you’ll need more extensive treatment. Minor gum disease or gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gum tissue, requires must less invasive approaches. If you have been taking god care of your teeth over the years, you’re much less likely to have a problem with your gums when the time comes to have dental implants.
Our periodontist might recommend a course of antibiotics to eliminate infection in your gums before your implant procedure, or before any preliminary treatment for your gums. Treatment for gingivitis is relatively simple, but treatment for severe periodontitis can involve surgery. You might require planing and scaling, which is a deep cleaning treatment. In more severe cases, you might require a gum graft, which provides additional gum tissue to build up the foundation for your new implants.
Our friendly and caring team is ready to assist you in treatment that is just right for you, so contact our office today!