Gum Disease And Dental Implants

Tooth implants last longer with a healthy mouth.

Dental implants are rapidly becoming a common method of replacing missing teeth at our Wickford dental practice.

Although it is an invasive procedure; once completed, it offers the patient both strong, long lasting and natural looking teeth. No additional oral health care is needed either and regular brushing, flossing and dental check ups are all that should be needed to keep them healthy.

As dental decay is not a risk, due to the replacement tooth being made from porcelain, the most significant threat to it (bar accidents) is gum disease. Today’s blog takes a look at why keeping a healthy mouth is important for long lasting dental implants.

Gum disease

Gum disease is actually fairly common, with most of us having it to some degree, albeit temporarily, during our lives. Very often, this will be minor, barely noticeable and good oral health is usually restored simply through better brushing, or addition of flossing to the regime. Whilst some symptoms, such as bleeding gums, are quite noticeable, others are less so, and regular professional oral health checks are needed so that we can monitor the health of your mouth.

Providing that check up appointments are attended at regular intervals, partnered with good personal oral hygiene, all that should be needed to prevent the onset of gum disease is the occasional scale and polish to remove any hardened bacteria (tartar) from the teeth and gum line. However, if gum disease has progressed, then a more complex and lengthy treatment process will be required.

Once a healthy mouth has been established, then your dental implant placement can take place.

Bone loss

It should be noted that, if gum disease has been present for a while; even if effectively treated, there is the potential for bone loss in the jaw. Because dental implants depend upon a healthy bone structure for their security, some patients may not be suitable for an immediate implant placement. In most cases, a lack of bone structure in the jaw need not mean that dental implants can’t be placed. It may though, be necessary to perform a prior procedure, usually a bone graft or sinus lift, to ensure that the bone will offer sufficient stability for an implant.

Aftercare

Once implants have been placed, special care should be taken, especially for the first few months when integration with the bone takes place. Smoking and drinking during this period is discouraged as both of these increase the risk of gum disease and other infections. Once this period has passed, ongoing oral hygiene is important to maintain a healthy mouth, free of gingivitis and other problems. The good news is that this needs involve no additional care, just good quality brushing, flossing and visits to the Cygnet Dental Practice at six monthly intervals for regular monitoring.

If you would like to arrange a dental implant consultation with our Essex dental team, we are always happy to see you. Please call us on Wickford 01268 733078.