Dental implants have become a popular method of tooth replacement, thanks to the many advantages they offer when compared to dentures. Often, those with tooth loss visit Dr. Michael C. Stypula for restoration after having gum disease in Pittsburgh, PA. Gum disease, in fact, is the leading cause of tooth loss. But can you have implants placed if you have periodontal disease?

 

How Gum Disease Affects Dental Implants
When you suffer from prolonged gum disease, the bacteria destroy your gums and connective tissue, as well as the bone that supports your teeth. Over time, teeth loosen and fall out or must be extracted. Oral health must be restored before missing teeth can be placed, for many reasons:

  • Gum health: Gum disease is a periodontal infection that advances indefinitely. The same conditions that led to the loss of your natural teeth could threaten your new dental implants. 
  • Bone health: The post of a dental implant requires a healthy amount of bone to integrate fully and provide you with a good foundation for your new smile. If there has been a significant amount of bone lost to gum disease, bone grafts may be necessary before your procedure to place dental implants.

Those with tooth loss due to gum disease are certainly good candidates for dental implants but gum disease must be treated before restoration. As mentioned, additional grafting treatments may be necessary, as well. Implants will provide you with the closest look and feel to your own natural teeth, and similarly, will require the same care and maintenance. It is especially critical that your implants start with a healthy environment, as they are permanent restorations that are meant to last a lifetime.

Are you suffering from tooth loss from gum disease in Pittsburgh, PA? Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Michael C. Stypula to learn whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. Stypula also offers laser gum surgery for more comfortable, convenient treatment of gum disease.