Gum Disease - What You Should Know

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Gum disease or periodontal disease, is characterized by a chronic condition that can lead to many health conditions, including mild inflammation, severe gum damage and loss of teeth if left untreated. Moreover, periodontal disease can affect the overall health of a person, and has been connected to a greater risk of developing stroke and heart disease. Gum disease can result in tissue damage and inflammation that can cause the gums to recede. The severity of periodontal disease is determined by the “pockets” or depth of the extra space that forms as the gum tissue recedes..

Can Gum Disease affect my dental implants?

Research shows that dental implants are successful in about 95% of cases. Before implant treatment begins the surgeon will determine if there is sufficient bone available for implants to be placed. Once the implants have healed it is very important that implants are correctly looked after. The long term success of dental implants is very much dependent on proper maintenance following dental implant treatment. Most dental implants should last a lifetime. However, your health does play an important role. Those patients which are diabetic, smokers or heavy drinkers may be more susceptible to gum disease and implant failure. In addition, some patients are heavy grinders (bruxers) which can also affect the implants.

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