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Whether it’s simple gum inflammation, gingivitis or a more serious form of gum disease that results in bone loss, periodontal disease is a common problem.
In a report from the American Dental Association (ADA), researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that nearly half of American adults aged 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease. For those over age 65, the percentage of people with gum disease jumps to 64%!
So what happens when someone with periodontal disease has a missing tooth? Are they eliminated as a candidate for dental implants? The short answer is no! Even if you had gum disease that resulted in a missing tooth, you can likely get dental implants once your gum disease is addressed.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), “almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.”
Here are a few periodontal disease implants facts that back up this statement by the AAOMS:
- They don’t rest on the gum line like dentures or use adjacent teeth as anchors like bridges. Instead, dental implants fuse with your jawbone, making them more permanent than dentures or bridges.
- Patients with gum or bone loss are still good candidates for dental implants, as dental implants stimulate bone growth. Bridges and dentures don’t, which can result in further bone loss.
- Dental implants have an overall success rate of 95%. This is for all patients, even those with periodontal disease.
Active gum disease still presents a problem for dental implants, so if you still have periodontal disease, you’ll first need to work with your dentist to treat it via cleaning, medications or other treatment. Then you’ll be an ideal candidate for dental implants.
When it comes to dental implants, gum disease isn’t a deal breaker. If you think you may have gum disease and are considering dental implants, schedule a consultation with North Heacock Dental Group today.