If you have periodontal disease that has caused you to lose teeth and are thinking about getting dental implants, Dr. Gregg Codelli recommends that you first address your periodontal disease before you consider dental implants. Doing so is sure to not only improve your oral health, but the results of your dental implants as well. Continue reading to learn more about why it’s best to treat the disease before you treat your missing teeth.  

Compromised Implants  

Just as periodontal disease damages your natural teeth, it can do the same to your dental implants if not fully treated before the implants are installed. The way this type of disease works when it comes to implants is the gum tissues around the implant can start to swell. Not only that, but bacteria can also start to build up around your implants as well as underneath your gum line. If left untreated long enough, the spread of bacteria can eat away at the bone structure underneath your implants, which can result in disaster.  

The two categories of what’s known as peri-implant disease are peri-implantitis and peri-implant mucositis. With the former, soft gum tissue swells and the bones that anchor the implant can deteriorate. With the latter, the swelling is restricted to the gum tissue.  

How Dental Implants Help  

While dental implants are an ideal choice for patients who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, they work best on healthy gums. Once you receive your dental implants, you’ll need to make sure you take great care of them just like you would your natural teeth.  

Take Care of Your Periodontal Disease Today  

If you think you might have periodontal disease, or if you know you have periodontal disease and wish to treat it, Dr. Codelli is here to help. Get in touch with us to learn more about your options and find out more about dental implants.