If you have had several teeth extracted due to periodontal issues, you may be wondering about your options for restoring your smile and replacing your missing teeth.
Dental implants have become a very popular restorative treatment, and they can be used to permanently restore teeth that have been lost due to improper oral hygiene, tooth decay, and gum disease. These are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about dental implants and gum disease at Robinson Township Smiles:
Can I Have A Dental Implant If I Currently Have Gum Disease?
If you currently have an active case of gum disease, the risk of the infection site becoming contaminated with bacteria is very high. However, if you can get your periodontal disease under control, or eradicate it entirely, Dr. Rupert will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for dental implants.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
An examinations is the only way to know if your gums and jawbone are healthy enough for a dental implant after gum disease. Dr. Rupert is an experienced oral surgeon and periodontist, and you’ll always receive expert care at Robinson Township Smiles.
During your examination, Dr. Rupert will assess your dental health and make sure that your gum disease has been eradicated. He’ll take x-rays to get an accurate image of your gum and jaw tissue and any damage caused by gum disease. If your mouth is healthy enough to support a dental implant, your journey to a new smile will begin!
Will The Procedure Be Any Different If I’ve Had Gum Disease?
If your gum and jaw tissue have been damaged by gum disease, they have likely been weakened significantly. Losing a tooth can also cause the deterioration of your jaw and gum tissue.
If this is the case, your treatment will likely require a “bone graft” before you receive your dental implant. A bone graft is used to reinforce the implant site with healthy bone, obtained either from another part of your body or from an artificial source. You may also need a gum graft, if your gum tissue has been seriously damaged.
A bone graft usually takes about six months to fully heal, so you can expect the total treatment time for your dental implant to be a year or longer, in most cases. Call us today to get started! It all begins with your first consultation.
Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for You!
If you have managed to control and eliminate your gum disease, dental implants from Robinson Township Smiles may be the right choice for restoring your smile. To find out if you are eligible for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rupert today.
At your consultation, Dr. Rupert will help you understand how your gum disease has affected your oral health, and whether dental implants or a different treatment like dentures or a dental bridge are right for you. Schedule your appointment now at (412) 906-4840, or come to our office at 66 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA.