After losing one or more teeth, most people are viable candidates for replacing them with an appropriate number of dental implants. However, that candidacy depends on a number of different factors, such as what caused you to lose teeth in the first place. For example, because gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, dealing with it is a common necessity. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we’ll help you determine if you can get dental implants right away, or if you may need to address and control gum disease first.

A close look at what gum disease does

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins as an infection in your gum tissues. It develops when oral bacteria gather excessively along your gum line, working their way underneath it to settle on your teeth roots. As it grows worse, the condition systematically erodes the gum tissues and periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth roots in place within your jawbone. It can also affect the strength and integrity of your jawbone in its severe stages, making it unable to retain all of your teeth. The longer gum disease remains untreated, the more damage it will continue to cause, even if you replace your lost teeth with dental implants.

What are your options for rebuilding your smile?

If not treated, severe gum disease can make your jawbone too weak to accept your dental implant posts, or to successfully support them for life. Fortunately, you have several options for rebuilding your smile, starting from its foundation. With expert periodontal care, you can effectively stop gum disease’s progression and keep it under control, preventing it from further affecting your oral and jawbone health. Once gum disease is under control, we can secure your dental implant posts and implant restoration without worrying about the disease affecting the jawbone that supports them.

Keeping your smile healthy for life afterward

After treating gum disease and replacing your lost teeth, your smile can once again enjoy optimal health and function, as well as its natural, beautiful appearance. Keeping it healthy and beautiful will still require keeping your gum disease under control through routine care and maintenance, as well as maintaining regular preventive dental visits to mitigate your risks of other common dental health issues. Regular visits with us will also help ensure that your implants remain in place and properly supported for life.

Learn more about getting dental implants

If you have untreated gum disease, then treating and controlling it will be necessary before you receive your dental implant posts. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, call The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.