Dental implant FAQs

Can I Have Dental Implants with Gum Disease?

In order to be a viable patient for dental implants your mouth needs to be in a healthy condition. If you have active gum disease, you will not be able to have dental implants. Due to the mouth needing to be healthy, other mouth issues such as tooth decay can also prevent dental implants from being a viable option.

Why Does Gum Disease Prevent Dental Implants

For dental implants to be possible there can be no active periodontal (gum) disease. This is important as active periodontitis creates an environment that increases the risk of infection around dental implants. This can lead to the failure and even loss of the implant.

Even after the treatment is completed, there will need to be regular catch-ups with the dentist or periodontist so that any further gum disease issues can be highlighted and treated.

Next Steps

Dental implant procedures will only be carried out once periodontitis has been treated and successfully cleared from the mouth. Periodontists are experts in gum disease and the treatment and prevention techniques required to manage it.

  • Practicing good oral hygiene
    • Brushing your teeth for two minutes / twice a day
    • Flossing
    • Not smoking
    • Regular dentist visits
  • Potential dental treatments
    • Scaling and polishing teeth
    • Root planning

If there is no active periodontal (gum) disease, then the implant process will be able to start. To discuss your implant options, get in touch with our specialists today to book a consultation and our friendly team will be able to assist you.

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