It isn’t unusual to lose a tooth when you have gum disease because the bacteria in your gums also attack your connective tissues and bone. It’s natural to want to replace missing teeth as soon as possible and restore the way your smile looks.
Replacing missing teeth quickly is one of the best ways to prevent loss of bone in your jaw. However, if your gums are still infected, you face an increased risk of complications after dental implant placement. Here’s why you should always undergo gum disease treatment before receiving dental implants.
Periodontal disease can affect the longevity of implants and could potentially cause them to fail. Peri-implantitis is an infectious disease that occurs at the site of dental implantation. Your risk of developing this disease increases if you already have infected gum tissue at the time your implants are placed.
As peri-implantitis progresses, it causes increasing damage to the bone structure below the implants. Without treatment, the implants will almost certainly fail. Once peri-implantitis develops, it usually requires surgical treatment.
Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis
Common symptoms of peri-implantitis are very similar to periodontal disease and include:
- Bleeding when brushing
- Red and tender gums, especially around the implant sites
- Bad breath
- Strange bumps or lumps around the implants
- Pain around the implants
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Drs. Mario Canal or Ben Calem as soon as possible. The quicker you receive treatment, the better your chances of having a good outcome.
How To Avoid Peri-Implantitis
The best way to avoid peri-implantitis is to receive gum disease treatment before replacing any missing teeth. Once your disease is under control and your dental implants are placed, you need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent the treatment site from becoming infected.
To schedule your appointment for gum disease treatments or learn more about dental implant placement, call Canal Calem Periodontics today. One of our office assistants will help you set up an appointment.