Gum Disease and Dental Implants

As the most common cause of adult tooth loss and the most comprehensive option for replacing lost teeth, gum disease and dental implants can highly influence each other. Patients with severe gum disease are the most frequent patients to lose teeth; however, the condition can complicate their ability to replace those lost teeth with lifelike dental implants. Preventing tooth loss often means preventing gum disease from forming, or controlling it before it grows too severe. Meanwhile, rebuilding your smile after tooth loss due to gum disease will also require keeping the disease under control so that it doesn’t cause your dental implants to fail.

Losing Teeth to Gum Disease

Gum disease directly attacks the periodontal tissues (i.e., gums) and the underlying jawbone structure that hold your teeth in place by their roots. As it progresses, gum disease destroys these tissues and structures until you can no longer successfully support all of your healthy, natural teeth. This can lead to one or more teeth becoming loose and falling out, or requiring extraction due to the loss of support. The first step to rebuilding your smile, then, will be to address the condition that caused your tooth loss and ensure that it doesn’t relapse after your implants have been placed.

What This Means for Dental Implants

In the same way that gum disease erodes your teeth roots’ support system, it also erodes the jawbone where your implant posts are placed. You should receive periodontal treatment before receiving your implants, but if you neglect to continue periodontal treatment afterward,  then the disease can lead to the failure of implant posts. A weakened jawbone can cause the implant posts to shift out of alignment, which can damage your jawbone, oral tissues, and surrounding teeth.

Learn More About Gum Disease and Dental Implants

Gum disease not only leads to tooth loss, but its presence can also influence your candidacy for dental implant placement. To learn more, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.