Dental Implants and Gum Disease: What You Need to Know


Gum Disease Before Dental Implants  

Prior to undergoing a dental implant procedure, your dentist will first determine if you’re a good candidate for an implant. This helps ensure a higher success rate and your overall oral health. If gum disease or tooth decay are found at this stage, then they must be treated.  

Implant Risk from Gum-Related Issues

Your mouth must be in a healthy condition with no untreated cavities or gum-related issues Otherwise, you are at risk of contracting an infection around the implant, implant failure, and implant loss. 

Complications from Infection 

Though dental implants have a high success rate, about 77% of patients contract peri-implant disease after the procedure. This is usually a result of poor oral care and a thorough hygiene routine can help maintain gum health to better reduce risk of infection. 

Avoiding Infection after Dental Implant Surgery

To keep your implants in place and your mouth healthy, you should properly clean and care for your dental implants. Good oral care consists of: 

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day

  • Flossing at least once a day

  • Rinsing to remove leftover plaque and bacteria

  • Visiting your dentist regularly

In addition to following basic oral hygiene practices, try paying special attention to your gum line to ensure it stays healthy. An electric toothbrush like the Oral-B® Genius better cleans between teeth and below the gum line to remove harmful bacteria. You can also try incorporating gum fortifying oral care products into your routine.