Can I Get Dental Implants If I Have Gingivitis?

When it comes to dental implants, there is one big rule: 

You need to have good oral health to get them. 

That's because the implant will get surgically inserted into the jawbone. If you have poor oral health or not enough bone mass, then it will be very difficult for the implant to integrate with the jawbone. 

But how about gingivitis? Can this condition affect dental implants? 

Why Are Healthy Gums Important for Dental Implants? 

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It's caused by plaque buildup and it often leads to swollen and red gums that bleed easily. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which can affect the underlying bone and tissues supporting the teeth, making them more likely to become loose and fall. 

But, how can a bit of gum inflammation affect the dental implant? 

  • It Can Compromise the Foundation of the Implant: The gums surround and support the implant, helping to hold it securely in place. Gingivitis may make this harder to achieve. 
  • It Can Affect Osseointegration: Healthy gums are paramount for the successful integration of the dental implant with the jawbone. 
  • It Can Lead to Bacterial Infection: As we said, gingivitis can progress to gum disease. And, as more bacteria accumulate around the implant, it can affect its integrity. 
  • It Can Affect the Healing Process: If your gums are healthy, you are likely to heal faster after the implant surgery. 

Can I Still Get Dental Implants If I Have Gingivitis? 

As you can see, healthy gums are crucial to the success of a dental implant. Therefore, if you have gingivitis, your dentist will first recommend treatment to manage and resolve the condition before proceeding with dental implant surgery. 

The treatment may involve professional dental cleaning, better oral hygiene practices, and possibly other interventions, such as antimicrobial rinses or medications.

Once your gingivitis is under control and your dentist determines that your oral health is suitable for dental implants, you can discuss the implant procedure and potential options. 

It's essential to maintain good oral hygiene habits after receiving dental implants to prevent the recurrence of gingivitis or other oral health issues. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings will also be necessary to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

Your Next Steps 

If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants, your first step is to schedule an appointment with one of our Billerica dentists at North Billerica Smiles. 

They will examine your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants or if you need any additional treatments before you can get them. If dental implants don't seem to be a suitable option, they will help you find the best oral restoration solution for your needs. 

Get in touch with us online or by calling (978) 262-0023 to book your appointment.