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Can Dental Implants Help Stop Gum Disease?

a mouth with tooth loss as a result of gum disease - can dental implants help?

Many instances of tooth loss are a result of gum disease (periodontal disease), but many patients don’t know that they can’t get dental implants if they have active gum disease. The gum disease must be treated first. If you have had gum disease and it caused your gums to weaken, you may need a soft tissue or bone graft prior to any dental implant procedure.

Gum disease is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. In the initial stages, gums exhibit redness, swelling or bleeding while flossing. With advanced gum disease, a patient may experience exposed roots and loosening teeth that can lead to tooth loss. Once the active gum disease is resolved, an experienced dentist can assess whether a person is a good candidate for a dental implant procedure.