Does Having Periodontal Disease Mean I Cannot Get Dental Implants?

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.

Dental Implants Require Healthy Bone and Gum Mass

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.

Gum Disease Must Be Brought Under Control

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 Great Tooth Replacement Options

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!

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.


The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.


  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
  • We will be limiting the number of people allowed inside the office at any given time.
  • We will be requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the office.
  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.


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