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Can Gum Disease Affect Dental Implants?

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Andrew Admin
Older man in a dental chair holding up a hand mirror and looking at his new dental implants at Riverwind Dental in Richmond, VAMissing teeth can cause discomfort, especially when chewing or speaking. It can also lead to jawbone loss and teeth misalignment. Do you have a missing tooth that interferes with your day-to-day activities? If yes, you probably want a long-term solution to replace the tooth. A dental implant is a durable and stable solution to restore oral health and teeth functionality. Unfortunately, you do not qualify for the candidacy of a dental implant if you have oral issues such as gum disease. This condition can lead to dental implant failure and peri-implantitis.

How Does Gum Disease Affect Dental Implants?

A dental implant requires one to have good periodontal health for a successful treatment. This false tooth serves as the teeth' roots. It fuses with the jawbone to improve stimulation and support the crown or dentures. However, if you have gum disease, it can affect the newly placed dental implant. In most cases, gum disease leads to jawbone loss. Lack of enough jawbone lowers the success rate of dental implants because the false teeth rely on the bone for support. For this reason, you may need extensive procedures such as bone grafts.

Sometimes, gum disease can occur after the dental implant has already been integrated. If ignored, the infection can spread to the tissue surrounding dental implants, causing inflammation [peri-implantitis]. After some time, the tissues may begin to break, causing the loosening of the dental implant. That's why you should consider approaches that prevent gum disease.

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

Taking care of your oral health after dental implant placement is one way to prevent complications. Otherwise, you may experience oral issues or lose your dental implant. Some post-operative care tips after dental implant surgery are regular brushing and flossing, avoiding tobacco products, and scheduling regular dental checkups. Contact our dental care center and learn more about how to take care of your dental implant.

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