Dental implants are a fantastic option for those seeking a more permanent solution for tooth loss. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t slip or loosen, and one doesn’t need to remove them in order to clean them as they are cleaned the same as natural teeth.
While dental implants provide you with a very natural looking smile, they also keep other teeth from moving or shifting. With implants you can also eat and speak without the risk of dentures shifting. Gum and jawbone health are very important factors considered when evaluating whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. The following information helps in explaining dental implants, and why gum health is so important when considering this procedure.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once in place, the dentist can mount a replacement tooth or teeth to the post. The new replacement tooth is designed to blend in and function as your regular teeth.
Why is gum health important when considering dental implants?
It is important to have very healthy gums when planning dental implants for a few different reasons. Periodontal disease causes gums to become thin and recede. When gums are healthy, they fit securely around your teeth and protect the root from food particles and unwanted invaders. When gums are weak and receded, this exposes the root of the tooth or implant.
In addition to the threat of unsightly implants, untreated periodontal disease can spread beyond the gumline causing problems in the bone beneath the gum. If the bone beneath the gum is soft, weakened, or if bone loss has occurred then it may not be strong enough to support dental implants.
If you are considering dental implants, it’s important to have healthy gums. If the gums and bones are weakened, there are other options such as bone grafting which help mitigate the issue and help prepare a stronger foundation for the dental implant. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, Commonwealth Prosthodontics encourages you to come in for a consultation so we can evaluate your oral health and help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Call us today (804) 346-3366 or schedule an appointment online.