Connecting Gum Disease And Tooth Loss
Posted September 26, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
What sort of harm can gum disease do to your oral health? One major problem is that periodontal troubles today can cause issues that cause you to lose teeth. You could lose important support at the base of teeth, causing them to be weakened to the point of needing to be extracted. They could fall out on their own. Good gum care is tied to good tooth care. Brushing and flossing regularly – and doing these actions well – can destroy the bacteria that threaten to infect your periodontal tissue. If you are seeing signs that your gums might be infected, your dentist can provide help.
Look out for signs that your gums are dealing with an infection. One sign is swelling. If the tissue seems swollen, or if it looks redder than before, you might have active gum disease. One worrying sign can be the increased tendency to bleed during your at-home oral care practices. Be sure to let your dentist know when you experience any of these issues.
You should work diligently to avoid tooth loss, but rest assured that there are ways your dentist can help if you have already experienced this problem. Using a dental implant to support a prosthetic tooth can give you excellent support. The replacement tooth will be stable enough to be functional, which eliminates the concern that a missing tooth can hinder your regular jaw functions. The implant also protects you from deterioration that can occur in your jaw, a problem that can impact your appearance and your oral health.