Las Vegas dental implants are a very popular tooth replacement option that many people choose. During the process of placing a dental implant, the oral surgeon implants a small titanium rod into the gum tissue. Then a healing process takes place to allow the implant to bond with the jawbone so that strong support is given to the surrounding teeth to both restore the patient’s bite and to prevent malocclusion from occurring.
Most people with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. But people who have suffered with periodontal disease (gum disease) often think that they cannot have dental implants. However, this is not always the case. Patients who have had periodontal disease in the past can still make good candidates for dental implants as long as there is ample bone and gum mass present to support an implant.
A patient with periodontal disease who wishes to have Las Vegas dental implants must first seek treatment for their periodontal disease to ensure that their gums and teeth are healthy. Once the gum disease is eradicated and under control, the patient can then see an oral surgeon to find out if they can have implants placed. The oral surgeon will evaluate the amount of gum and bone tissue present. The oral surgeon may determine that bone grafting or gum grafting be done first to ensure that there is the necessary amount of support available for the dental implants.
If you have periodontal disease now and are interested in having dental implants, you should see your general dentist for gum disease treatment before scheduling an dental implant appointment. If you had periodontal disease in the past but now have healthy teeth and gums, you can see an oral surgeon for an evaluation to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth and they offer many benefits other tooth replacement options don’t. This is why so many people today are choosing dental implants over other options like full and partial dentures as dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several or all the teeth.
Naturally, the best candidates for dental implants are people with good general and oral health. Having periodontal disease does not automatically eliminate a patient from being a good candidate for dental implants. If you would like to find out if you could benefit from having Las Vegas dental implants, contact us today to schedule an appointment time with Dr. Letelier. We look forward to seeing you soon!