As we’ve explained in previous blogs, the advanced stage of gum disease known as periodontitis could lead to the loss of one or more missing teeth. To replace missing teeth and ensure a complete smile for years to come, we could place one or more dental implants. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about gum disease and implant dentistry.
Gum Disease and Missing Teeth
When gum disease begins, you notice your gingival tissues feel sore, appear red, and may bleed easily when you brush and floss your teeth. Over time, symptoms could grow more secure, and your gums could recede, making your teeth appear long. In the periodontitis stage, the tissues connecting your teeth and gums become severed, leading to tooth loss. However, treatment with pocket reduction surgery or gum grafts, combined with scaling and root planings and routine perio maintenance, could help control the disease and protect your smile from further tooth loss. We then have options to help replace these lost teeth!
Preparing Smiles for Dental Implants
First, we need to make sure the underlying periodontal issues are properly managed. You cannot cure gum disease, but treatment to control it and help your smile remain healthy and whole, and safeguard you against uncomfortable symptoms. Once we accomplish this, we will carefully examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, taking notice of sinus cavities and nerve tissues. We then plan and guide the placement of the dental implant posts. Made from biocompatible titanium, these post bond with the jawbone and act like natural roots. This stimulates the growth of bone tissue to prevent the loss of mass and density in the jaw that usually follows tooth loss.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Once the new roots bond with your jaw, we move forward with addressing the visible portions of your new teeth. For a single one, we could attach a crown with an abutment. For multiple missing teeth, multiple posts could secure a bridge or denture. We custom design and create each option to ensure a lifelike appearance that blends with your smile, and a durable and dependable chewing surface. Dental implants have a 90% success rate and can last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime!
If you have any questions about addressing the lost teeth caused by your periodontal issues, or about dental implants themselves, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Correcting Missing Teeth?
Our team would like to help you tackle the teeth lost due to periodontitis with implant technology. If you want to learn more about how our team treats one or more lost teeth, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.