Gum disease is one of the most common causes behind adult tooth loss, so naturally, many people who’ve replaced their lost teeth with dental implants also have gum disease to contend with. However, after dealing with tooth loss so successfully, the importance of maintaining the health of your gums might no longer be on the forefront of your mind. If you lost teeth for a reason other than gum disease, then that maintenance might not seem as important at all. The truth, though, is that gum disease can still be a significant threat to your teeth and implant restoration, and maintaining your new smile may require actively protecting it from the disease.

If you already have gum disease

If severe gum disease was the reason why you experienced tooth loss, then you may have already received treatment to restore the damaged gum tissues and rebuild your smile’s foundation before having received dental implants. The extent of this treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease, but afterward, maintaining your healthy smile will require keeping an eye on the health of your gums. This may also require ongoing periodontal maintenance from a periodontal expert, as well as routine preventive care for your natural teeth and implant restoration.

If you didn’t lose teeth to gum disease

If you haven’t yet developed gum disease, then you have a good chance of avoiding it after you’ve received your implant restoration by maintaining a good dental hygiene and preventive care routine. Gum disease develops when oral bacteria infect your gum tissues, starting at the line where the tissues meet your tooth structure (or dental implant restoration). Fortunately, being diligent in cleaning your teeth and gum line, along with receiving regular professional preventive care, can help you keep your risks of developing gum disease low.

Control your risks after receiving implants

After you’ve received your dental implant restoration, the restoration becomes a significant, lifelike part of your smile. Your healthy, natural teeth and oral structures will support and depend on the restoration, and vice versa. That’s why it’s important to continuously care for your smile and prevent conditions like gum disease from forming after your implant restoration has been placed.

Learn more about gum disease and dental implants

Dental implants can restore your smile in several important ways, but it’s important to remain diligent against conditions like gum disease after you’ve received your restoration. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling 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.