If you have suffered from gum disease for many years, you may have left it too late to get reversal treatment. When your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth, this is the first sign of gum disease and at this stage, the disease can be reversed.
However, the majority of people will ignore the bleeding because they dread seeing the dentist. If you do this, the gum disease will spread and you will notice that your teeth will become loose. When the teeth start to move, this means that the area surrounding the teeth are infected and you have waited too long to save the teeth.
The only treatment available to you now will be to have teeth removed and replaced with dental implants. If the disease has spread to the jawbone, you might have to have a bone graft before the dental implants can be inserted.
When the jawbone has been infected by gum disease, it will degenerate and this means that you will not be able to have dental implants until the bone has been treated.
Periodontists will do this by using a process called bone grafting. This can be done by taking bone from another part of the body and then applied to the jawbone. The downside to this procedure is that you have to have two procedures, but using live bone means that it is more likely to be successful, when applied to the jaw.
However, if you do not want to have two procedures done, you do have the option to use dead bone that has been donated by a person after their death. This means that the dead bone will not grow new bone, but it will help the damaged bone to reproduce healthy bone.
Once a bone graft has been completed, you can now look at dental implants and replacing the damaged teeth. Read on for more information about the advantages of dental implants.
Last a lifetime
The biggest benefit of having dental implants is that if they are looked after properly, you will never have to get them replaced. They will last for the rest of your life. Some similar options, like crowns and partials, will degrade over time and some might only last you for 5 years, even though you might be told that the average lifespan is 10 years.
If you were to ask someone what they like the best about having dental implants, they will tell you that they like that they can eat whatever they want. They might have had many years without teeth, so they have been restricted to certain foods. They may have only been able to eat soup.
With dentures, people are restricted on what foods that they can eat because the dentures cannot chew the tougher foods like meat. But, with implants, they will be able to chew whatever they want.
Therefore, the biggest benefit for your life will be that you can return to eating foods that you love but have not been able to eat, for many years.
If you were to get bridges of partial dentures as an alternative to a dental implant, then they will damage the adjacent teeth. You will eventually have to get them replaced.
With dental implants, there is no damage because they are not attached to the remaining teeth. Therefore, dental implants will help prevent damage to your natural teeth, and as long as you improve your dental hygiene, you might not have to have any more teeth replaced.