Tooth loss could be linked to issues like injury or even untreated tooth decay or dental infection. But what about periodontal disease? You may be surprised to find out that gum disease is the largest factor in the loss of natural teeth in adulthood. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth replacement with implant dentistry.
Periodontitis and Tooth Loss
The first sign of trouble is inflammation, also known as gingivitis. Unless treated, this could grow more severe until the gum tissues pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets for harmful bacteria to infiltrate. Periodontal disease has now formed and cannot be reversed. However, it can be managed with routine care. Without management, this could grow severe too, leading to periodontitis. The advanced stage actually severs the tissues connecting your teeth and gums, causing adult tooth loss.
Common Warning Signs
In the gingivitis stages, sore and red gums are common. Once periodontal disease forms, the soreness and redness grow more severe, and bleeding could occur when you brush and floss. As the disease worsens, swelling and gum recession could develop too. If you encounter one or more of these warning signs, then contact our team right away. We will examine your smile with an advanced digital imaging technology and x-ray systems, so we can plan treatment to manage it and protect the stability of your smile.
Treatment Options and Dental Implants
To begin managing gingivitis and periodontal disease, we could recommend a scaling and root planing to remove buildup from the teeth and roots. This reduces inflammation, so we can manage the disease moving forward with regular cleanings and better homecare habits. For more severe cases, such as periodontitis, we could recommend gum grafting or pocket reduction surgery. Once we manage the disease, we can discuss replacing any missing teeth. Dental implants provide a stable and secure new root, supporting a crown for an individual missing tooth, or even a denture, so you enjoy a full and fixed prosthetic. For many, these new teeth last for decades to come, or possibly even a lifetime.
If you have any questions about how we address periodontal disease and missing teeth, or if you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Loss?
We want to make sure you enjoy a full smile by avoiding the onset of periodontitis. If you do lose one or more of your natural teeth, we can support new ones with advanced implant dentistry. If you want to learn more about treating periodontal disease and tooth loss, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.