I have pretty severe gum disease. Because of that I’ve lost several teeth that I need to replace. Is it possible to get dental implants if you have gum disease?
Cameron R.- Pennsylvania
When you have severe periodontal disease, you may have a problem with having enough jaw bone left to support the implants. That doesn’t mean it is hopeless. You can have bone grafting done to put enough bone there.
It is much better to get dental implants than it is to get dentures. With dentures you lose about 50% of your chewing capacity. But the more serious issue is the fact that you will lose your jawbone again. As that continues, you eventually won’t be able to even wear dentures. Getting dental implants protects you from jaw bone loss.
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