Getting a new smile can certainly be exciting. It can offer improved self-confidence, appearance, and overall better health. While there are various methods in which to receive a great new smile, dental implants can often be one of the best options for this process. However, before getting started on your new smile, you need to make sure your smile is as healthy and prepared as possible. This is where a dental professional in Alexandria, VA comes in to play to help prepare you to get the best results possible.
Protect Your Investment!
A dental professional can assess your overall oral health, including the jawbone, tooth strength and health, and gums to be sure you are the right candidate for dental implants, by making sure your mouth is free of periodontal – or gum – disease. Gum disease is caused by the presence of bacteria in open spaces between the teeth and gums, and can cause gum bleeding, tenderness, pain, swelling, and redness, along with bad smelling breath. If left untreated, gum disease can cause system illness in the body including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. It can also cause dental implants to fail and not last as long as they normally would. However, a few lifestyle changes can help decrease or eliminate your chances of getting gum disease. These include:
- No longer smoking, as smoking increasing the risk of failed dental implants
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Keeping regularly scheduled dental appointments
- Maintaining healthy teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly
There is no denying that dental implants can be a great investment to achieve the smile that you want. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking into this restorative process. Making sure that your oral health, particularly your gums, are free from bacteria and gum disease is super important to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. A dentist in Alexandria, VA can evaluate the health of your gums and teeth and treat any signs of gum disease before placing implants, to help you get and keep your best smile!
Get the smile you deserve today
Call our dentists, Dr. A. Garrett Gouldin, Dr. Francisco T. Carlos, and Dr. Vishal Gohel, in our office in Alexandria, VA now to learn more about gum disease and the impacts of it on your dental implants! Schedule your consultation today!
Periodontal disease as a risk for dental implant failure over time: a long-term historical cohort study, National Library of Medicine, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21635280/