How Does Gum Disease Cause Missing Teeth?

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When you have a serious oral health concern like periodontal disease, this could grow more severe over time without treatment to manage it. Over time, this could even lead to one or more missing teeth! In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how we treat issues like periodontal disease, and our options for replacing missing teeth

The Causes and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease forms when the smile develops gingivitis and the issue isn’t treated in a timely fashion. While a scaling and root planing could potentially reverse the inflammation, lack of treatment could cause gums to pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets for bacteria to enter. The result is the onset of a disease that cannot be cured, but must be managed to avoid tooth loss! Warning signs could include sore, red gums that bleed easily, as well as swelling or possibly recession in the gingival tissues. If you notice changes to your periodontal tissues, then please reach out for an exam and to discuss treatment options.

The Link to Tooth Loss

Periodontal disease becomes more severe with time, eventually reaching a stage known as periodontitis. At this stage, the tissue connecting your teeth and gums will be destroyed, which cases loose and lost teeth. In fact, this is the number one cause of adult tooth loss.

Treatment Options

For the early stages, we could use a scaling and root planing to manage the issue, and recommend cleanings every three to four months to control it. In the later stages, we could suggest pocket reduction surgery or gum grafts to protect the smile from worsen symptoms and allow the disease to be better managed with preventive care.

Tooth Replacement

If you have lost teeth due to the disease, then we can treat the underlying issue and once it is properly managed, discuss tooth replacement options. Our team can address minor or severe tooth loss with dental implant technology. This creates new teeth that look and function like natural ones, so you have a complete smile that is ready to last for decades to come, or possibly even a lifetime. If you have any questions about treating gum disease, or about addressing your missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more.

A visit now will allow you to undergo care before the hectic holiday season makes your schedule too busy, and will also let you use your remaining dental insurance benefits before they expire.

Do You Have Questions About Gum Disease?

Treating periodontal disease could help you protect your smile from major complications. If you want to learn about how to preserve your smile and avoid missing teeth, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.