Gum Disease

Avoiding Gum Disease To Keep Your Implants Healthy

Anyone seeking dental implants in Richmond should be aware that once their crown has been attached to their implant, it’s not a simple fix and forget solution.

gum-diseaseAlthough it’s true that dental implants are one of the most maintenance free methods of tooth replacement, the reality is, that like your natural teeth, they do require a certain level of care and attention.

This doesn’t entail any special treatment, as you might with dentures, but nonetheless a patient needs to focus on maintaining a high level of oral hygiene FOR EVER.

Early warning signs

One of the biggest threats to dental implants is gum disease, which if not treated can lead to bone loss in the implant area, causing the implant to become unstable. Without the solid support of the bone, the implant may loosen and fall out. This is what can happen when a patient suffers a lapse in their oral hygiene regime.

It isn’t all doom and gloom however. The good news is the advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis, which can cause your implant to fail, is preceded with gingivitis, which is a milder form of gum disease. Generally this is noticed early on as your gums will be sore or bleeding, so if you notice these symptoms then it’s vital that you contact your dentist right away to arrange an appointment.

However gum disease can occur even without these symptoms which is why it’s so important to attend follow up appointments after having your implant placed. Gum disease can be treated quite easily if spotted at its early stages by the dental team. If ignored, however, the problem will become more serious and can lead to periodontitis.

Do take the signs of blood seriously

Don’t ever shrug off the signs of blood when you brush your teeth, as not being anything to worry about, or kidding yourself that you’ve scratched your gum with your toothbrush. Stepping up your oral routine at home isn’t always sufficient either, since if the bacteria has reached beneath the gumline, then renewed vigour with your oral routine, will have little effect. If this has occurred then you will need to have periodontal treatment which will be carried out at your dental clinic. Bearing in mind that dental implants have the potential to last for thirty years or more, it seems a shame to risk them failing because of not looking after them properly.

One of the easiest ways to prevent periodontitis from occurring and threatening your implants, is to attend all your follow up appointments with Sheen Dental, so we can monitor your implant and your oral health. If you’d like to learn more about getting a dental implant in Richmond then why not attend a free implant consultation with us. Book yours online at or call us direct on 020 8876 5277.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Gum Disease

If a patient decides to undergo treatment to fit a dental implant in Richmond, one of the criteria is that they need to have a healthy mouth. You might be forgiven for thinking that dentists are just being picky, but the truth is that issues such as gum disease can be extremely problematic for newly placed dental implants and can cause them to fail.

gum diseaseAside from dental there are a multitude of other reasons why you shouldn’t ignore gum disease, so with this in mind, let’s take a closer look.

Aside from gum health being important for a healthy mouth there is increasing evidence that gum disease is linked with more severe medical conditions. In 2012 for example the American Heart Association concluded findings that periodontal disease (a more serous type of gum disease) has direct links to clogged arteries causing potential heart disease. Other findings have also suggested that periodontal disease is linked to diabetes and even cancer.

Although findings are inconclusive, even without the contribution factor to other serious problems and life-threatening conditions, gum disease can have a seriously negative impact on a patient’s teeth if left unattended.

So what exactly is gum disease?

If teeth and gums aren’t maintained through regular brushing and flossing, bacteria contained within plaque can attach itself to the base of the teeth at the gum line. The result is reddened and tender gums. This is normally manifested by bleeding gums when teeth are brushed and is known as gingivitis (an early form of gum disease).

When gingivitis is ignored, it can result in severe periodontal disease which can attack the bone tissue holding the teeth in place, creating gaps between gums and teeth. This eventually leads to tooth loss and jaw bone decay.

So what can you do to prevent gum disease from occurring?

Keeping your gums in tip top condition should be a joint effort between you and your dentist. Regular and thorough cleaning and flossing is a must and in addition some mouth washes that help to keep plaque at bay may also be recommended. Your dentist can also provide a wide range of procedures which can help keep plaque at bay, such as scaling and polishing, cleaning under the gums to eradicate bacteria (otherwise known as de-bridgement or root planing), and periodontal surgery should the need arise.

If you’re concerned about gum disease prior to undergoing treatment for dental implants in Richmond, or would like to seek advice on how you can eradicate it, then contact us for an appointment at Sheen Dental. We have many years of experience and have helped thousands of patients maintain their teeth and gums. To book your consultation either visit our website at or contact us directly on 020 8876 5277 and don’t let gum disease get the better of your dental and overall health.