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Will dental implants help with gum disease?

If you’ve suffered tooth loss or have very loose teeth, dental implants can be used to restore function and beauty back into your smile. However, if your tooth loss is a result of gum disease (periodontal disease), you’ll need to have it treated before your dental implant procedure. If you suffered severe gum disease in the past that caused your gums to weaken, you may need soft tissue grafts or bone grafts prior to dental implants because implants require healthy gums.

After you receive dental implants, it’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene because plaque can still build up around the crown and lead to gum disease.

Gum disease is generally caused by poor oral hygiene, including flossing and brushing. In the initial stages of gum disease, you may experience red or swollen gums or bleeding when flossing. When you have advanced gum disease, you may experience loose teeth and exposed roots.

If you’re looking into dental implants to help restore your smile, talk with an experienced dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and if bone and/or tissue grafts are necessary.

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