Periodontal Disease: Are dental implants still an option?

Dental implants are a popular method of smile reconstruction and replacement of missing teeth. An oral surgeon implants a small titanium rod into the patient’s gum tissue, which over times bonds with the jawbone to provide strong support to the surrounding teeth, restoring the strength of the patient’s bite and preventing malocclusion from occurring.

While most patients with missing teeth will be eligible for dental implant treatment, those who have suffered periodontal disease might feel they would be excluded from receiving implants. This is not necessarily the case, however, as an oral surgeon may still be able to offer implant treatment to patients who have suffered gum disease in the past. [pullquote]In order to be successful, dental implants require a good amount of available bone mass and gum tissue to ensure that the implant is sufficiently supported. [/pullquote]

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can lead to erosion of the patient’s gum tissue and jaw bone; both are intrinsic to successful dental implant treatment, and so in cases where there is insufficient tissue to successfully implant, an oral surgeon might require to first graft the requisite tissue into the affected area before implant treatment can take place.

In order to be successful, dental implants require a good amount of available bone mass and gum tissue to ensure that the implant is sufficiently supported. As such, the oral surgeon may require to perform bone grafting or gum tissue grafting so that the requisite support is available. And of course, any existing periodontal disease should be treated and eradicated, as this too can affect the likelihood of treatment taking place, and the success of the treatment.

Dental implants carry a range of benefits that don’t exist with other forms of tooth replacement treatment, and such have become a hugely popular method of restoring a person’s smile and oral capability. Available to most people, implant treatment can be used to replace one or several teeth, or even full sets.

Of course, the best candidates for dental implants are those who are in a good state of general and oral health, but periodontal disease needn’t be a barrier to having the best treatment. Contact the Las Vegas office of Dr. Carlos Letelier at 702-367-6666 to learn more about your treatment options and chances of success.