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Gum Disease: Am I still a candidate for dental implants?

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dental implants IrvingSome patients with gum disease may be in need of dental implants if that condition has led to tooth loss. Other patients may lose teeth to trauma or injury, but the presence of gum disease complicates their status as dental implant candidates.

In short, gum disease can be a drawback to a patient’s appropriateness for dental implants. Specifically, untreated gum disease can compromise the implant and put it at risk for failure.

The underlying inflammation of gum disease can wreak havoc on the jawbone, and the jawbone’s integrity is essential to dental implant success. If the bone is under attack, it may not be able to support the process in which the titanium implant fuses with the bone. That process, known as osseointegration, helps to make implants durable and stable for decades.

For this reason, it’s important to get gum disease under control before the oral surgeon schedules a dental implant placement procedure.

Gum disease can be treated using a variety of methods, and the particular treatment will be determined by the condition’s severity. In some cases, a deep cleaning between the gums and a tooth’s root will suffice. Other patients may need to receive more invasive interventions.

Bone loss is another potential problem for people with gum disease who are considering dental implants. If a patient’s gum disease has gone untreated for an extended amount of time, bone loss may have already occurred. In fact, that bone loss may have led to the need for a dental implant.

In such cases, a bone graft can provide supplemental material to sustain the implant. This procedure takes bone from elsewhere in the body and places it at the implant site.

Dental implants involve a significant investment of time, effort and financial resources. Don’t risk implant failure by getting the devices if you have uncontrolled gum disease. Have that condition treated first, and then you can move forward with the dental implants.

For more information and to schedule your dental implant consultation, contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery, serving Irving TX and the surrounding areas.

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