Understanding How Gum Disease Increases Your Tooth Loss Risk
Posted May 17, 2017 by Wager-Evans Dental
Gum disease is a threat to more than just your gums – an untreated condition could eventually lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis refers to the early stage of a periodontal infection. You can notice signs like a swelling or reddening of the gums; more frequent bleeding is also a sign that something may be wrong. When you notice these issues, your dentist can provide help with a Perio Tray, which allows you to directly combat an infection at home. When nothing is done about gum disease in the earlier stage, your condition can grow more severe. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can damage bone and soft tissue keeping your teeth in place. Periodontitis is not something your dentist can reverse, and you can require extra care to have your condition managed.
When periodontitis develops, it can spell long term trouble for your oral health. Your dentist may recommend more frequent visits, so your smile can receive extra care, and you may need to meet with a periodontist. Patients with periodontitis can see the support for their teeth weaken. When this occurs, you may lose teeth, or your dentist may have to extract them.
If you are already dealing with tooth loss because of gum disease – or for any other reason – prosthetic dentistry can give you your complete smile back. A dental bridge can permanently take up the space of a lost tooth, and blend in with your smile. If you qualify, you can also have a dental implant placed to hold a restoration.
If you are worried by symptoms that are suggestive of gum disease, you can reach out to Wager-Evans Dental for help. For patients with gum disease, a Perio Tray can help. You should know diligent oral care – including care during preventive dental exams – can lower your risk for having periodontal problems. Located in Reno, NV, we are proud to welcome residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all neighboring areas. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845. You can find our patient forms online.