Periodontal Disease

How gum disease affects the overall success of your dental implant treatment and if we can place dental implants at all. 

Dental Implants and Periodontal Disease

As severe gum disease (periodontitis) causes the jawbone to shrink, bone to deplete, and gums to recede. All these factors ultimately compromise the stability of a dental implant, thus reducing the chance they will be successful.

However, the first step to check your suitability for this type of missing teeth treatment will always begin with a consultation with an implant dentist.

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The perfect missing tooth solution

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that serves as a strong foundation for fixed permanent crowns, uniquely created to match your natural teeth.

And for many of our patients, they have been the life-changing answer to the problems of missing and failing teeth.

Here at The Gentle Dental Implant Clinic, we are highly experienced in tooth replacement treatments and can restore gaps in your mouth quickly and fuss-free.

Do you qualify for implant treatment?

Whether you have lost a tooth due to an accident or trauma, it is still vital that during a consultation, we check and assess your mouth for the following problems:

  • Gum disease healthy amount of gum
  • Low jaw bone density or decay

This is an important step, as any of the above can affect the stability of your implant. 

Implants are designed to last a lifetime, but the above oral health issues can cause unhealthy conditions, which might cause the implant to fail.

By adopting and maintaining strong oral hygiene techniques, teeth implants allow patients to have a healthy, reconstructed mouth regardless of how they lost teeth in the first place.

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What if I have gum disease?

 Signs and symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums, Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath and taste in the mouth
  • Pain when chewing / tooth sensitivity
  • Loose, wobbly or missing teeth

Reversing the problem

Any pre-existing conditions like gum disease will need to be addressed before implantation.

Periodontitis can cause many complications with your oral health and all the conditions an implant needs in a mouth to thrive.

Jawbones can shrink, important bones in the jaw can be lost, and gums can recede away from the teeth. All these consequences of gum disease affect the stability of the dental implant.

For patients who might have already suffered from advanced gum disease, you may have already lost a significant amount of bone in your jaw due to a process called resorption.

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Why you need to understand plaque

Gums attach to the teeth at a lower point. This forms a space called the sulcus, where food often gets trapped.

When the food is not cleaned away, it becomes trapped in this space and then causes a gum infection (gingivitis).

Plaque is a very thin film of bacteria which constantly forms on the surface of the teeth.

As this plaque advances, it gets harder and turns into tartar. This cannot be removed through cleaning alone.

Left unchecked and ignored, gingivitis can quickly cause the gums to separate from the teeth, which leaves the tooth vulnerable as it becomes unstable, loose and wobbly.

This is often a sure sign of receding gums. If the infection progresses, you will ultimately lose your teeth.

Bone grafts

During a consultation, our dentists will examine your mouth and take x-rays of your jawbone, which will identify whether or not you will require a bone graft.

Sounding much scarier than it is, a dental bone graft increases the amount of bone in your jaw in order to create a sturdy foundation for the implant to sit. Bone regenerations and grafts are also associated with sinus lift surgeries.

This will not make placing a dental implant impossible, but it does mean we have to add some additional procedures to make the mouth the best habitable space possible.

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Can you get gum disease after having implants?

We cannot stress enough that because dental implants are just like regular, natural teeth, they will require the same care and maintenance.

Your oral hygiene routine should be no less relaxed just because they are artificial tooth roots. Plaque can also form on implant crowns and if left to build up, can irritate gums.

This condition is called peri-implant mucositis, which has symptoms similar to gingivitis.

Again, if this is not taken care of, the condition can worsen and progress to per-implantitis. This stage can contribute to bone loss, making the implant loose.

Replacing teeth with gum disease

Regardless of the above, your opinion of implants should not change. Dental implants are certainly the best of all the ways modern restorative dentistry can replace missing teeth.

Believe us when we say it – no tooth-replacement options will provide you with a longer-lasting, natural result.

One of their many advantages is that a dental implant promotes bone strength and can help support and preserve the jawbone, which naturally breaks down when tooth loss occurs.

We can work together to prevent gum disease from advancing and make the mouth a healthy space for implants to be inserted.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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