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Could Implants be Used to Prevent Gum Disease?

Dental
implants are one of the most effective methods to restore lost or damaged
teeth. Thanks to their permanent adhesion to the bones of your jaw, they will
normally last for decades at a time.

Implants
are also highly beneficial due to their natural aesthetic appearance. They will
mirror the look and feel of existing teeth, so you can enjoy a healthy smile
and you will no longer have to worry about avoiding certain foods.

However,
what is the relationship between dental implants and gum disease? Might these implants
help to prevent such a condition? Let us take a look at what industry
professionals and the average dentist have to say.

The
Relationship Between Implants and Your Jaw Bone

The
jaw bone serves as an anchor for all of your teeth as well as for any implants
that you may be receiving. Denser and stronger jaw bone will help to prevent
tooth loss over time. One of the most interesting benefits of dental implants
is that their foundations can essentially act as replacements for any bone that
might have been lost as a natural component of ageing. Thus, they can help to
prevent other teeth from becoming loose or falling out in the future.

Implants
and Gum Disease

While
dental implants are impervious to certain conditions such as cavities, it is
important to point out that they can still be affected by gum disease. The main
concern is that this disease could impact the gum tissue immediately around the
implant itself. This is also the reason why your dentist will check to make
sure that your gums are healthy before the implantation procedure takes place.

Who
Qualifies for Implants?

There
are two main factors which a dentist will take into account before approving
implants:

  • Whether or not you currently have gum
    disease.
  • The density of your jaw bone.

If
you have gum disease, this condition will need to be treated before the process
can begin. There are also times when those with insufficient bone density will
not qualify for an implant. The good news is that the answers to these
questions can be easily determined.

The Implant Experts
provide a range of individual treatments available to suit your needs. For more
information, please call us.

SOURCE: “Can Dental
Implants Help Prevent Gum Disease?”

Anthony Bendkowski (GDC No. 57249)

Anthony Bendkowski or ‘Ben’ to his team, is a specialist in oral surgery in practice limited to implant reconstructive surgery in London and the South East of England. He qualified from University College Hospital Dental School, London in 1982 and subsequently gained extensive experience in both hospital and practice-based oral surgery.

He has over twenty five years of experience in both the surgical and restorative management of implant cases. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dental education and has lectured on and run bone augmentation and implant training courses, as well as lecturing on business skills for successful implant practice for a number of years. He is a Past President of the Association of Dental Implantology (UK) and an examiner for the Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry as well as for Membership in Oral Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Clinically Ben undertakes all aspects of implant treatment, including Teeth in a Day/All on 4 surgery, aesthetic anterior tooth replacement, and complex cases involving extensive bone reconstruction.

In his spare time he is a keen pilot and can regularly be seen flying his vintage WW II aircraft in airshows. Ben also enjoys playing guitar badly with a local band, ‘Leaky Tap’.