Advanced Gum Disease
Dental Implants could help restore your smile and confidence if you need to replace teeth lost through gum disease or periodontal disease.
Advanced Gum Disease can lead to gum recession and bone loss, which can mean the chances of having dental implants are severely reduced.
If you do suffer from gum disease, it is vital to have this treated before you can be considered a viable candidate for dental implants.
The first step is to book an appointment with a periodontist.
After you have had your gum disease treated successfully, you can then meet with a dental implant dentist.
The dental implants dentist will be able to identify if it is possible for you to have dental implants fitted.
If you have suffered from extensive bone loss you may need a bone graft procedure before implants can be placed.
This can all be arranged and your dentist will guide you regarding the intensity of damage your gum disease has caused and the subsequent treatment required.
The more advanced a gum disease case becomes it will be less likely that the patient will be able to have implants and an alternative form of treatment will need to be discussed, such as dentures.
The good news is there are several ways to treat gum disease and the earlier you detect it the better.
These types of treatment include antibiotic gel, enzyme suppressant, oral antibiotics, and surgery if deep cleaning doesn’t work.
Gum Disease symptoms
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding gum disease but here are the indicators to look out for to prevent potential tooth loss:
- Bleeding & Inflamed Gums
- Teeth look longer (gums are receding)
- Gaps between your teeth and gums
- Constant bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms it is recommended that you book an appointment to see your dentist straight away.
They will be able to identify whether you do have gums disease or not and work out the best procedure to manage things moving forward.
It is important to note that bleeding gums should not be ignored as they could also be the sign of the more serious periodontal disease. The earlier it is caught the easier it will be to treat with less serious consequences.