Posted on 8/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
|Dental implants are a fantastic option for people considering their options on tooth replacement. They last longer than bridges or dentures, they seem more like “real” teeth, and are typically highly successful for most patients. However, for certain patients who have receding gums, dental implants may not be the ideal choice for them.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not everyone can get dental implants; certain patients simply would not be able to tolerate them for a variety of factors, including diabetes, smoking, and – in some cases – severe gum disease.
One major contraindication for patients considering dental implants is bone mass. Occasionally, patients may not have adequate amounts of bone mass in the jaw. A bone graft or sinus lift (both of which help add bone to your jaw) may help restore mass sufficiently enough to allow you to proceed with dental implants.
What about patients with receding gums? Having receding gums, fortunately, does not automatically disqualify you from being able to have dental implants. We have several different treatments in place for this that can allow you to consider dental implants in the future if you're struggling with receding gums.
For instance, if you have moderate gum disease, we may advise a scaling and planing before we can move forward with your implants. More severe periodontal disease may require gum graft surgery.
Another important consideration is the state of your oral health. Having an active infection can impair your ability to heal from implant surgery. Whether you need gum surgery, or you simply need to treat your underlying infection, you would need to completely heal before we could consider moving forward with placing your dental implants.
It's extremely vital to ensure that your oral health is in peak condition. While dental implants are generally successful, failure is possible if your gums are actively infected or receded.
If you're wondering if you'd be a good candidate for dental implants, please call our office. Our skilled and professional dental staff would be happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today to schedule an exam and allow us to help you determine if you can move forward with dental implant surgery or if another procedure may be a better fit for you.