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

dental implants dallasDid you know that the primary cause of loss of permanent teeth in adulthood is not tooth decay but gum disease? In fact, estimates show that roughly four out of every five people in the United States will develop some type of gum disease in their lifetime. Because advanced gum disease is a destructive oral health condition that erodes bone tissue and causes gum recession, some patients may not have enough bone density to support dental implants. However, when determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implants, your oral surgeon will conduct a thorough evaluation of your overall oral health and bone density before making a decision. 

Because advanced gum disease is a destructive oral health condition that erodes bone tissue and causes gum recession, some patients may not have enough bone density to support dental implants. 

Milder forms of gum disease are manageable and even curable. If gum disease is detected in its early stages, the condition is reversible with professional treatment such as deep cleanings that remove tartar below the gum line and infected tissue. Some patients benefit from the use of antibiotics as well. If you show signs of gum disease but possess healthy bone density, your oral surgeon may wait to place implants while you undergo periodontal treatment. If your disease is manageable or reversed, dental implants may be a future option for replacing missing teeth.

Advanced gum disease such as periodontitis, is a chronic, systemic infection of the gums that requires more professional attention and meticulous oral hygiene to manage the disease. This form of gum disease is especially devastating to a patient’s gum and bone health.

When determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implants, even those with gum disease, your oral surgeon will evaluate the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. With advanced gum disease, our team will consult with your general dentist or periodontist to monitor your response to professional treatment.

To find out whether dental implants are the right method for replacing your missing teeth, contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with either of our experienced and compassionate oral surgeons.