May 28, 2018
It is estimated that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Among the leading cause for tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, which affects roughly 50% of Americans. If you are among those who have lost teeth due to the infection, you now need an effective tooth replacement option to complete your smile. You have heard about the benefits of dental implants in Westford; however, you are not sure if they are right for you because you have a history of gum disease. In some cases, you are still a candidate for the procedure.
Can I Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a long-term solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they provide over a 95% success rate. This success relies on your jawbone’s ability to heal and fuse to the implant post. If you have gum disease, this will hinder the healing process. In addition, depending on the severity of your infection, it may have compromised the health and density of your jawbone.
If you currently have gum disease, you will not be a candidate for the procedure because your risk for implant failure is too great; however, with help from a periodontist in Westford, MA, you can restore your gum health.
How Can I Become a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To become a candidate for dental implants, you must first have your gum disease controlled. Your periodontist will evaluate the severity of the infection and the damage that it has caused to create a customized treatment plan. In addition to treating the infection, your jawbone will likely need to undergo bone grafting to improve its density. After your oral health has been restored and it is determined that your jawbone can support the posts, you will be scheduled for the procedure.
Will My Dental Implants Fail?
Generally, the risk for implant failure is less than 5%. The leading cause is due to an infection. When you have a history of gum disease, it is vital that you remain proactive about your oral hygiene to reduce your risk for infection. When brushing and flossing, pay careful attention when cleaning around the abutment and the dental crown to remove plaque that can harbor bacteria. In addition, do not forget to visit your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup.
Restore Your Smile Today
If you are missing teeth due to periodontal disease, you can still get dental implants. Contact your periodontist today to schedule your consultation for a complete smile.
About Dr. Stephen H. Grossman
Dr. Stephen H. Grossman not only completed his dental degree, but a two-year periodontal specialty program as well. As a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of Osseointegration, he can replace missing teeth with dental implants, even for those who have gum disease. If you are ready to treat the infection to complete your smile with dental implants, Dr. Grossman can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a new smile.
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