I have gum disease that is hereditary can I have a dental implant

Q. I have been told by a dentist that i have gum disease which is hereditary runs in my family all my teeth are at the front with one or two at back i have some gum recession i have some teeth that are wobbly i have been told i could have implants fitted can they be fitted straight away or do i have to wait some time till my gums heal up and if thats the case do they put a temporary tooth on implant thanks for your time


A. Gum disease has 3 elements to it – the bacteria in your mouth, your immunity to the bacteria and how well you clean your teeth. It sounds like gum disease has had a severe effect on your mouth and that you are unfortunately about to loose your teeth.

Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth provided you have enough bone for them to go into. Even if you don’t there are techniques to increase the bone in an area to allow for an implant to be placed. Sometimes teeth can be removed and implants placed immediately with the new tooth on top. Sometimes the immediate implant needs to be left for several weeks before the new tooth can be placed. Sometimes the old tooth needs to be removed and the area allowed to heal before the implant can be placed, and this in turn has to be left for several weeks before the new tooth can be placed.

You will be pleased to know that in all of the cases above it is usual to give you some type of temporary denture or temporary bridge whilst the healing is taking place.

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September 3rd, 2011 at 08:47 PM
angela Says :

Please help, I’m early 30s and have been told I have gum disease. I brush 3 to 4 times per day. I floss, use interdental brushes, corsodyl mouthwash. Why in the space of a 6mth period of 2 visits to the dentist of my teeth being in good condition has this happened? My mums teeth had rotted and fell out by the time she was 40 and my grandmothers did the same. I fear its hereditary. I can’t smile, the gaps are getting bigger, and I see my teeth are going to crumble. I getting increasingly depressed, I dont want to even speak or go out anymore. I cry all the time. What can I do or what can be done to restore my teeth and smile again?

Please help


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