Are you considering investing in dental implants? If you are, there are various factors that should be taken into consideration beforehand, such as a healthy mouth. If you have existing dental health problems or infections like gum disease, it’s crucial to get treated beforehand. A mouth riddled with disease will not allow dental implant treatment to be successful.
In fact, neglecting to treat gum disease before getting dental implants may lead to implant failure and cause further infections.
Gum disease is an infection that starts up in the gums due to bacteria found in dental plaque. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease consists of three stages that range from mild to serious. Although it’s not aggressive in the beginning stages, if left untreated for a long period of time it may result in serious consequences. Gum disease is a discreet infection that slowly grows and affects surrounding tissues that protect your teeth – eventually causing tooth loss.
Signs of periodontal disease in your gums include:
There are various reasons why gum disease must be treated before a dental implant procedure. An unhealthy mouth will only result in more complications and a longer recovery period. In fact, neglecting gum disease treatment before implant placement may result in a faulty implant due to a weak jaw.
Gum disease will cripple your jawbone and cause it to reject the titanium post inserted in the first step of the dental implant procedure. Eventually the implant will loosen up as a result of the infection and leave it vulnerable to further infection.
Despite the fact that dental implants are not susceptible to decay and disease, the surrounding bone that supports the implant can be affected. Therefore seeking gum disease treatment before the restorative procedure will increase your chances of a successful procedure. In addition, maintaining good dental hygiene habits will also help keep a healthy mouth and implants for many years to come.
Are you looking to invest in dental implants but have gum disease? Contact Dr. Chaudhry at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our Bethlehem dentist has extensive dental implant knowledge and is trained as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Our dedicated staff and dentist will ensure that you get the best personalized treatment possible in a safe and welcoming environment. Call us today to get started! We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry
2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B23
Monday: 7:30AM – 3PM
Tuesday: Emergencies by appointment
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 3PM