Everyone wants beautiful teeth.
With modern dentistry, we are lucky to have the possibility of receiving dental implants at our fingertips.
However, many are concerned regarding the possible effects of gum disease on dental implants.
Can I still get dental implants if I suffer with gum disease?
In short, those with essentially “bad gums” or suffers of 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 they can’t get dental implants if you have gum disease. In addition to still being able to receive dental implants, gum disease sufferers can opt for other means of tooth replacement such as partial or full dentures. Other options are also at hand. Speak to your 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 is typically ideal for placement of this type of implant. They typically require a good amount of support. However, speak with your dentist before assuming you’re not qualified.
- 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.
So, does this mean there’s hope for me in getting dental implants with my 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 be rejected from the mouth or have to be removed later on due to complications. Especially those suffering with a severe case or a later stage of gum disease, the option to receive 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 before making the option for dental implant surgery. Patients with active gum disease without receiving treatment will suffer the possibility of having the gum disease surrounding the dental implant causing further infection in the mouth and potentially causing failure or even loss of the dental implant.
This is not something you want to have happen to you as dental implant surgery is costly without dental insurance or a dental savings plan and takes time to recover from. Don’t give up hope yet, though. Your dentist can let you know if you’re qualified for dental implant surgery or if your gum disease requires treatment beforehand.