Dental Implants and Gum Disease Why You Need Healthy Gums
Posted on 1/9/2023 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
We all agree that dental implants that comprise a special screw made of titanium posts are an effective solution for teeth placement. The screw is anchored into the jawbone to provide stability for the artificial tooth or crown. Because dental implants have to be fixed tightly, a patient needs to have healthy gums and jawbones to ensure success. If you have gum disease, you have to undergo periodontal therapy before receiving dental implants. The same applies to the jawbone; if you lack sufficient bone, you need bone grafting.
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy
Daily adequate oral care and hygiene are essential for healthy gums. You should floss and brush not less than two times a day. Also, keep up with your dental checkups as well as professional cleanings. If you smoke, it is vital you avoid it, and if you drink, you should also stop the habit. When the gums are healthy and strong, the teeth are favored by healthy and strong tissues. What's more, drinking the required amount of water helps clean the teeth naturally, hence keeping bacteria at bay and preventing the possibility of having a dry mouth. You have a dry mouth when you cannot produce sufficient saliva, meaning more bacteria remain in your mouth. As a result, you have an increased chance of having tooth decay. Saliva flow within the mouth helps wash away food leftovers that could affect your mouth.
Treatment of Gum Disease
It's crucial to treat gum disease prior to getting any kind of dental implant placement. Periodontal therapy helps strengthen and heal the gums. A dentist measures the periodontal pockets, which are the gaps between the gums and tooth, before determining the kind of gum disease treatment to offer. Root scaling and planing is one of the procedures done to control gum disease. This treatment helps remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. In more severe cases of gum disease, gum grafting is done to replace tissues that are lost or damaged. This procedure helps protect the root of a tooth with strong, healthy gum tissue. Contact our prosthodontist for gum disease treatment and dental implant placement.
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