After a certain point, gum disease becomes nearly impossible to reverse. Past that point, damage done to teeth and gums can have long-term effects and can eventually rule out one of the best solutions for treating severe gum disease and tooth loss: dental implants. However, there are several solutions a dentist specializing in dental implants can deliver to help you get implants despite severe gum disease.
The Types of Gum Disease
To get a better grasp of the solutions for treating gum disease and improving your candidacy for dental implants, it’ll help a lot to understand the different types of gum disease.
Here’s a look at the two primary stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis – this is gum disease in its earliest stages. With gingivitis, the gums become irritable. They bleed and swell easily. With treatment, gingivitis can be reversed.
Periodontitis – at this stage of gum disease, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and bacteria fills the pockets this creates. These bacteria, along with tartar buildup, will start to eat away at the gums and the roots of teeth. Because you can’t grow more gums or more teeth, the damage done by periodontitis is treatable, but not reversible.
Treating Gum Disease for Dental Implants
Your dentist will offer multiple solutions to help you manage your gum disease and improve your candidacy for dental implants, including:
Bone graft – when the jawbone has deteriorated too much to support dental implants, your dentist may be able to graft more bone in its place from natural or synthetic sources.
Gum graft – gum can be grafted from another area in your mouth or the receding gums around the teeth may be pulled forward.
Specialized implants – when there isn’t enough jawbone to place implants, oral surgeons can place the implant posts in bone in other areas of the mouth.
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