Periodontal disease, including receding gums, is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. Around 70% of adult tooth loss is a result of periodontal diseases, including receding gums. Of course, when there is not enough tissue to hold the tooth, tooth loss is inevitable. However, receding gums and the associated tooth loss does not always keep you away from dental implants. If you are experiencing receding gums, let’s find out if dental implants are still an option.
Dental Implants And Receding Gums
If receding gums and a resulting tooth loss is a concern, it is essential to first address the gum disease. Only when you have a strong jaw bone and healthy tissue to support the implant, there is a higher likelihood of a successful implant. For combating receding gums before the dental implant, it is crucial to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, eating a healthy and balanced diet, along with scheduling routine dental check-ups throughout the year.
Treating Receding Gums
Your oral surgeon may also recommend a treatment plan to restore your gums and preserve your natural teeth. Your oral surgeon may suggest a combination of oral antibiotics, topical antibiotic gel, and use of an antimicrobial mouthwash in case of an infection. If you have a more advanced stage of receding gums, you may need surgery such as flap surgery or grafting. While flap surgery or grafting are safe treatments, they can only be successful in the long-run, if you practice good oral hygiene.
If you need surgery for treating receding gums, it still does not always rule you out as a candidate for dental implants. However, you need to be prepared for delayed dental implants as your oral surgeon will wait until your gums are fully recovered.
Getting Dental Implants
If you are dealing with receding gums, it doesn’t automatically keep you from getting dental implants. You can still get dental implants, but first, you need to ensure that your gums and jaws are in good shape before starting the dental implant journey. If you are up for sticking to practicing good oral hygiene and addressing your gum disease, we are here to support you throughout your dental implant journey! To learn more about the dental implant process at Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, call us now and schedule an appointment with us today!