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Gum Disease And Dental Implants

Everyone wants beautiful teeth.

With modern dentistry, we are lucky to have the possibility of receiving dental implants at our fingertips.

However, many concern about whether or not it is safe for those with gum disease to get dental implants.

Can I still get dental implants if I suffer from gum disease?

In short, those with essentially “bad gums” or suffers from gum disease aren’t necessarily the best candidates for dental implants. Just like housing regular teeth, having dental implants put in place usually requires strong, healthy gums.

However, this doesn’t mean the latter folks don’t qualify for dental implants. In addition to still being able to receive dental implants, gum disease sufferers can opt for partial or full dentures to replace missing teeth. Other options are also at hand. Speak to your Honolulu dentist to see what’s best for you and your situation.

It’s important to note that there are different types of dental implants out there:

  • Endosteal implants: These types of implants are drilled into the jawbone to act as a rooted tooth. A strong jawbone and a healthy set of gums are typically ideal for placement of this type of implant. They typically require a good amount of support.
  • Subperiosteal implants: Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, are dental implants that are still placed under gum tissue for support but are placed just on or even above the jawbone. This implant is best for those with a weak or shallow jawbone or those who don’t have the best set of gums. This is best for gum disease patients in most cases.

Does this mean there’s hope for me getting dental implants with gum disease?

While there is a chance you can receive dental implants with gum disease, there’s also a chance that you can’t. Dentists often advise that one has a healthy mouth and generally good oral health for placement of dental implants.

This ensures that the implants are secure and aren’t going to eject from the mouth or need removal later on due to complications. Especially those suffering from a severe case or a later stage of gum disease, receiving dental implants may not be available.

Often times, though, dentists can provide treatment or offer a procedure to cure (in early stages) or treat (in later stages) gum disease prior to dental implant surgery. Patients with active gum disease may otherwise suffer the possibility of implant failure or loss.

This is not something you want to happen to you as dental implant surgery is costly. This is especially true if you don’t have dental insurance or a dental savings plan. But don’t give up hope yet. Your dentist can let you know if you’re qualified for dental implant surgery or if your gum disease requires treatment beforehand.

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