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Gum Disease and Dental Implants - Should You Worry?

Posted on 3/27/2017 by Doctor Southard
A diagram of how a dental implant works.
Gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. Bacteria get below your gums and destroy your jawbone, weakening the hold it has on your teeth. But just because you have lost your teeth, that doesn't mean you need to live without.

Dental implants are the latest in tooth replacement technology. But do you need to worry about gum disease with dental implants?

What are Implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium rods that are surgically placed in your jawbone. They fuse with the bone and act just like the roots of your natural teeth, supporting false crowns.

In order to be considered for dental implants, you must first be treated for gum disease. But just because you have false teeth, it doesn't mean that you are immune from getting gum disease again.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Just because you have fake teeth, it does not mean that you no longer need to brush and floss. While false teeth cannot suffer decay, they are still subject to plaque buildup. Plaque holds onto the bacteria that cause harm to your gums. The less you brush, the more buildup your teeth face.

Implant Failure

As plaque and bacteria continue to grow on your false teeth, the gum tissue around the implant becomes inflamed. This is a condition known as mucositis. Untreated, mucositis can become peri-implantitis, which is a much more serious condition.

You don't only suffer inflammation, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, which then weakens the hold on the implant itself. The implant becomes less stable and can potentially fall out. And without sufficient bone mass, it becomes difficult to replace the lost implant.

Keep Implants Healthy
In order to keep your implants, and the bone holding them in place, strong and healthy, practicing proper oral hygiene is imperative. Follow your dentist's instructions for cleaning during the healing phases following implant surgery.

Once your implants are fully healed, resume a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day. And don't forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for oral exams and cleanings.

Implants are an excellent way to replace teeth lost from gum disease, but just because you have implants does not mean that you can neglect oral hygiene. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your implants and oral health, contact our office today.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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