The simple answer is no. Implants replace lost teeth. Putting dental implants in unhealthy gums defeats the purpose because they will not “take” in unhealthy gum tissue and bone. A viable candidate will need to have your gum disease treated. People with gum disease often have receding gum tissue and bone destruction. Bone destruction is remedied with bone graphs, but receding gums will need tissue enhancement, or spaces around the implant will be ripe for infection. It isn’t easy. Also, no periodontist wants to perform an expensive implant procedure when success is limited.
Not So Fast!
With an implant procedure, your jawbone must be thick and wide enough to support the implant. Your gum tissue must also fully surround the implant and final restoration. Since this is the case, and you have had gum issues, you may be a candidate for a bone and/or soft tissue graft. These procedures are both commonly done and successful. Once completed and given time to heal, you’ll likely be a much better candidate for a dental implant.
People Not Suitable for Implants
- People with chronically bad gums
- People who take steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system
- People who grind their teeth in their sleep
- People who clench their teeth
Both teeth grinding and clenching put too much pressure on implants and increase the likelihood of the implant breaking or cracking. Even these habits do not preclude implants, but you will have to take certain measures, maybe use a device or two while you’re sleeping. It’s your decision. Are implants worth it?
What Happens if Gum Disease Occurs After an Implant?
Gingivitis can occur around dental implants as well as natural teeth. Most of the time it is caused by the same poor habits that caused it before. Recent research indicates that gingivitis around an implant or peri-mucositis may be more difficult to reverse over time. It is important to identify and treat the condition early on.
Treating Gum Infections Post Implant
- Eradicate the plaque and bacteria that cause infection.
- Perform debridement: clean around the implant, removing plaque deposits and tartar with titanium hand instruments designed for the procedure.
- Initiate antibiotic therapy: internal or topical.
- Use chlorhexidine mouth wash.
If you have had or currently have periodontal disease and would like to discuss implants, Think Oral Implants and Periodontics in Paoli, PA is here to answer all of your questions. Our experts provide the professional combined services you need to achieve both healthy gums and tooth replacement. Call us now at (610) 550-3333. Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, office located at 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 215, Paoli, PA 19301.