The good thing about dental implants is that most patients who’ve lost one or more teeth qualify for them. Therefore, more patients can enjoy the many benefits they offer, such as more lifelike replacement teeth and a healthier, stronger jawbone. However, there are a few circumstances that could interfere with your dental implant procedure or the success of their placement. For instance, if the reason you lost teeth is because of severe gum disease, then you may need periodontal treatment or other preemptive treatment before your implants can be placed.
The Effects of Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it doesn’t directly affect your tooth structure. On the contrary, the disease erodes the gum tissues that surround your teeth roots, which are part of the support system that your teeth rely on. As it becomes more severe, gum disease can affect the jawbone underneath your gum tissues, eroding the structure in areas where your teeth roots are embedded. The destruction of your gums and jawbone leaves your teeth without adequate support, leading to tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
Before replacing your lost teeth with dental implants, your dentist will have to diagnose and treat your gum disease to restore the good health of your gums and jawbone. For instance, routine periodontal maintenance can help your gums heal and prevent the disease from flaring up again. If necessary, your dentist can also suggest jawbone grafting to strengthen your jawbone so that it can adequately support your implant posts.
Learn More About Gum Disease and Dental Implants
To ensure the success of your dental implants, your dentist may first recommend undergoing treatment to manage your gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.