Gum disease has a very close relationship with tooth loss. In fact, severe gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, than you may know that replacing them with the appropriate number of dental implants is your best option for restoring your smile and preserving its long-term integrity. However, if gum disease remains, then your dental implants may not prove as successful as they should, and your smile can continue its path to destruction. Your Allen dental implant specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, explains what successful dental implant placement requires, and how destructive gum disease can hinder their effectiveness.

Before Dental Implant Placement

Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone, which is meant to fuse to the implant’s titanium surface to provide a strong and sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth. For successful implant placement, you must have enough jawbone to fuse to the implant and to support it throughout everyday use. The first step to your evaluation, however, is to ensure that your mouth is free of dental health issues, like gum disease. If a dental disease is present, than Dr. Cueva will prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to resolve the issue first, and then proceed with your dental implant planning and placement.  

Effects of Advanced Gum Disease

In many cases, insufficient jawbone structure after tooth loss is a result of unchecked gum disease. As gum disease progresses, it destroys the gums that support your teeth and seal of your teeth’s roots. If untreated, it can continue on to infect your jawbone, compromising your smile’s entire foundation. Preventing gum disease, or treating it as early as possible, is your best chance at preserving your jawbone, as well as your teeth.

Treat & Restore Your Smile with Your Allen Dental Implant Specialist

To learn more about gum disease, tooth loss, and dental implants, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Allen dental implant specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.