Dental Implants Can Help Patients with Advanced Gum Disease
Gum disease is much more common than we would like it to be but that does not mean that it is a minor disease or nothing to worry about. The truth is that gum disease can result in tooth loss and worse. Read on to find out the two major types of gum disease and an unusual option that can help: Dental implants.
The two main types of gum disease
In its beginning stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis. It can cause bad breath and is generally a health concern as it increases inflammation throughout the body, but at this point simply brushing and flossing regularly and getting a deep cleaning from a dentist may be enough to reverse it. However, if gingivitis is left without treatment then it can lead to periodontitis, a more serious type of gum disease that can require more significant treatment.
Dental implants may be a good choice to deal with the results of gum disease
If you have suffered from a particularly bad case of periodontitis before having it taken care of, then dental implants may be the solution for you. Implants are artificial teeth that are implanted directly into your jaw. The root is made from titanium, which is strong enough to stand in for human bone. In fact, titanium is used in hip and knee replacements due to its strength. The dental implant will then be attached to this root. You can replace a single tooth, numerous teeth, or even all of your teeth with implants.
Gum disease is only one potential reason a person may get dental implants
There are many reasons that a person may choose to get dental implants. As we mentioned above, it is possible that gum disease will result in tooth loss, which may mean that dental implants are a good choice. They may also be a good choice for other lost teeth, whether lost to trauma or other oral disease.
There is one potential issue with dental implants for gum disease pain
While dental implants may be the best way to restore your smile after losing teeth to gum disease, the biggest issue is that in order to do that, your gums must have first healed. Installing implants can only be done on healthy gums. The good news is that we can help get your gums in good shape again. This will likely involve deep cleaning and improved oral hygiene at home.
If you are considering dental implants, or are afraid you have gum disease but have been putting off finding out, then we urge you to contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment. We are highly skilled in helping clients find the right options that will get them the outcome they want. Whether it’s been three months since your last dental appointment or thirty years, we can help. Call us today.