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Dental Implants and Periodontal Disease
There are many different types of dental issues that can arise from a cavity to a broken or fractured tooth. But these are issues with the teeth alone and there are different diseases that can affect the gums, teeth, and bone in your jaw. Gum disease and periodontal disease are two issues that need to be addressed, especially since they can have such a negative impact on your overall dental health.
Many patients have gum disease and they know nothing about it. This is because gum disease, especially in its earliest stages, is quite mute when it comes to symptoms. In fact, most patients only learn about their gum disease at their checkup.
Patients who visit Dr. Steve S. Kim know that we offer tooth replacement options and one of those options is dental implants. While it is a great option for patients, if you have gum disease, you cannot receive them, which then limits your options.
Below, Dr. Kim will delve more into gum disease and their types along with how periodontal disease can affect dental implants. If you are in need of a checkup, want to learn about dental implants, or think you may have gum disease, contact us now. We offer consultations right here in our Torrance, CA office.
Types of Gum and Periodontal Diseases
Gum disease, when left untreated, can develop to a point where you lose your teeth, your face changes shape as your bone is lost, and other serious health problems. Below, Dr. Kim will go over the types of gum disease that can present themselves and if you have any questions, never hesitate to call our Torrance office.
The very first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. You have likely heard this word before. If a patient comes in regularly for dental checkups, their gum disease is likely in this stage and has not progressed any farther.
Gingivitis does present with some symptoms such as red or swollen gums that easily bleed. However, the disease, right now, does not cause any discomfort to patients and that is why it is considered silent.
Dr. Kim wants you to know that gingivitis CAN be reversed, but it needs to be caught and treated early on for that to happen.
Below, you will find several factors that influence whether you may be more likely to develop gum disease:
• Inadequate nutrition
• HIV infection
• Genetic predisposition
• Systematic diseases and conditions
• Hormone fluctuations
• Substance abuse
Gingivitis that is not treated can and will turn into periodontitis. The rate at which it does is different for everyone, but it will develop into this stage at some point. Periodontitis occurs when the plaque on your teeth stretches below the gum line. This then causes irritation of the gums and your body responds with an inflammatory response to fight the disease which only breakdown the tissue and bone around your teeth.
If you do have periodontitis, you will likely notice that your gums start to pull away from the teeth themselves and pockets form. This is where the infection lies and the deeper the pockets, the worse the gum disease is.
When you first move into the stages of periodontitis, you may not notice any symptoms, but they will become evident over time.
There are multiple forms of periodontitis and Dr. Kim will talk about them below:
This is when inflammation is present around the tissues of your teeth to include the gums. This condition leads to bone and tooth loss and it is irreversible when this occurs. Many patients will often notice that their gums recede.
This is when necrosis of the gum tissues forms. Patients often develop lesions and this condition is a result of different diseases themselves such as malnutrition, immunosuppression, and HIV infection.
This is when a patient is in good health, but they have gum disease that causes rapid bone and tooth loss.
Periodontitis from Systematic Diseases
This is when diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease cause periodontitis. It is typically diagnosed at a young age.
Dental Implants and Periodontitis: What to Know
Many patients often seek out dental implants because they have experienced some type of tooth loss. Improving the look of your smile is easy with the help of Dr. Kim. We do offer consultations here in our Torrance office for dental implants and Dr. Kim can verify whether you may have gum disease.
Since dental implants are effective and a popular tooth replacement option, patients NEED to be in good oral health to receive them. Therefore, if you have periodontitis, you cannot receive dental implants and that is because the gum disease eats away at the bone and gum tissues, which play an integral role in dental implants.
Should you have gum disease or periodontitis and want dental implants, Dr. Steve S. Kim can help. In fact, Dr. Kim can treat the gum disease and perform a grafting procedure should any bone have been lost in the jaw.
Dental Implants: The Three Phases
There are three phases to the dental implant process and it helps to know and understand them. Let’s look.
During phase one, Dr. Kim will surgically place the implants into your jaw bone. You will need to eat a soft foods only diet until the gums are completely healed.
During phase two, you will undergo a natural process where the jawbone and implant fuse together to create a solid and sturdy foundation. It can take several months for you to complete this phase.
During phase three, you will receive dental crowns for your implants. These crowns will complete your smile and they look natural. While the crowns are being made, you may receive temporary crowns in place.
Call Now to Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Steve S. Kim
If you would like to discuss dental implants, it is important that you book an appointment with Dr. Kim in our Torrance, CA office. He will ensure your mouth is healthy and free from gum disease. Should you have gum or periodontal disease, we can fix it for you!
Contact Dr. Steve S. Kim today to book your appointment in our Torrance office.