Gum Disease Increases the Risk of Tooth Loss

By Dr. Damon on May 28, 2016

Illustration of the stages of periodontal diseaseTooth decay, tooth erosion, and root canal infection are just some of the dental complications that directly impact the health of the teeth. However, there are other oral health problems that indirectly affect the teeth and are just as serious. Gum disease is a gum infection that puts the health of the teeth at risk. Without a strong and healthy foundation, the health of the teeth will suffer and, as gum disease progresses, tooth loss becomes a serious risk. At the Texas Denture Clinic we offer implant dentistry to address tooth loss with the most durable restorations available. Patients experiencing tooth loss from gum disease can come to our Fort Worth, TX practice to improve the health of the gums and rebuild a strong, complete smile.

How Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that occurs when bacteria builds up between the teeth and the gum tissue. This condition can lead to a number of side effects such as inflammation, redness, tender gums, and tooth pain or sensitivity. Because this condition primarily affects the gum tissue, some patients have a difficult time understanding how the teeth are impacted by this disease.

The gums actually play an important role in supporting the teeth. The gums hold the teeth in place and absorb some of the impact when a patient bites or chews. If the health of the gums suffers, so will the health of the teeth.

Gum disease is a progressive condition, and its effects on the teeth will worsen as the disease continues to advance. In the beginning stages of gum disease, a patient may not experience any noticeable side effects of the condition. As the disease progresses, more subtle symptoms may begin to develop. This is when patients may experience discomfort or notice that their teeth feel more sensitive.

As gum disease progresses, periodontal pockets develop. Periodontal pockets are gaps of space that develop between the teeth and gums. As periodontal disease worsens, the gums will begin to recede, or pull away from, the teeth, leaving gaps, or “pockets” of space. This leaves the teeth unstable and, if left untreated, will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Treating Tooth Loss

Tooth loss leaves gaps in the smile that compromise the structure of the mouth and threaten the health of surrounding teeth. To prevent further complications, it is important to treat tooth loss as soon as possible after it occurs. Our dentists offer dental implant treatment that addresses the loss of the entire tooth and gives patients the most secure and durable dental restoration to rebuild a strong, functional smile. However, for dental implant treatment to be a success, it is important to first treat gum disease. Treatment may involve an extensive dental cleaning, laser treatment, or oral surgery. Whatever the case may be, our dentists can recommend an appropriate treatment plan so that the health of the gums can be restored, and the smile can be rebuilt.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have experienced tooth loss, it is important to rebuild your smile and protect the remaining teeth. At Texas Denture Clinic, our dentists offer the most advanced tooth loss treatments available. To learn more about dental implant treatment and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at your earliest convenience.

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