Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis, is a serious gum infection that is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. It damages the soft tissue of your gums, and if you don’t get treatment quickly, it can also destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Because of this, gum disease can cause your teeth to become loose, and eventually tooth loss can occur.
Gum disease is extremely common, but it’s largely preventable. In its early stages, the warning signs of gum disease include swollen gums that bleed when brushing your teeth or chewing. This is known as gingivitis.
Since gum disease is the result of poor oral hygiene, brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to successfully treat it. It can also massively reduce your chances of developing the condition in the first place.
As with many things, prevention is far better than cure. If allowed to advance as far as periodontal disease, you will require professional intervention, as this can lead to irreversible bone loss.
Do dental implants work with gum disease?
You cannot have dental implants if you have active gum disease. This is because a specific form of gum disease can affect the implants. This is known as peri-implantitis and will affect the soft tissue surrounding your new dental implants, leading to further bone loss.
If you look after your dental implants, they should last a lifetime. However, if you don’t follow a good oral hygiene routine, then just like natural teeth, they can become infected to the point that your implants fail.
Can I have full mouth dental implants placed with severe gum disease?
If you’re suffering from severe gum disease but you’re dreaming of achieving your perfect smile, there is still hope. First, bring your oral health back to a good standard, by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups.
Once you’ve eradicated the gum disease, we can assess your teeth to see which ones will need to be removed and if any can be saved.
Here at EvoDental, we only accept clients who require at least one set of full jaw dental implants. If this is you, we’ll then remove any remaining rotten teeth and can fit your dental implants the same day.
Replacing teeth lost through gum disease
Tooth extraction itself will not cure gum disease. The only cure for the condition is to improve your oral health.
If you’ve lost teeth due to gum disease, your jawbone will begin to degrade. Your dentist may have told you that a lack of bone would make you unsuitable for dental implants. However, EvoDental have developed an innovative technique that means we can typically still place dental implants, even in patients with very little bone.
This technique is called the EvoSolution, and we have performed it on thousands of patients across the UK. These patients include those who had previously been told by their own dentist that they couldn’t have dental implants due to a lack of bone.
An advanced alternative to all-on-four dental implants, the EvoSolution is a procedure unique to EvoDental. The way it works is that our highly skilled clinicians can add two further implants in the zygomatic, nasalus, and pterygoid areas of the upper jaw, compensating for not being able to place implants in areas with less bone.
Other solutions to a lack of bone caused by tooth loss include a sinus lift and bone grafting. These techniques both require additional surgeries and recovery time. On the other hand, our Smile in a Day treatment only requires one surgery, and you can walk away with your brand-new dental implants on the same day.
Enquire about full mouth dental implants today
If you’re suffering from tooth loss as a result of gum disease, you may have been told that dentures are your only solution due to a lack of bone. If this is the case, do not despair! We cannot stress enough that this is unlikely to be the case, and we encourage you to get in touch. Thanks to our years of experience, there are barely any teeth that are so bad that we can’t find a solution.
To determine whether you would be a suitable candidate for our advanced alternative to all-on-four dental implants, please fill out our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you soon. Alternatively, feel free to call our friendly patient coordinators for a chat on 0800 470 3058.