Could Gum Disease Cause Missing Teeth?

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When you have periodontal disease, this could lead to bleeding gums and soreness, and eventually the onset of missing teeth. This disease could also complicate the placement of dental implants to fill these gaps. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about treating gum disease and tooth loss, restoring health, beauty, and function to your smile.

The Link Between Disease and Missing Teeth

Periodontal disease grows more severe with time unless treated and managed. Which means symptoms could grow more severe and eventually, the disease could reach the late stage known as periodontitis. This advanced stage actually severs the connections between the teeth and gums, causing teeth to become lost. In fact, this is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. When you experience sore, red, and bleeding gums, you should let us know right away. Otherwise, you risk loose and missing teeth, and the major complications that follow and impact every facet of your daily life!

Managing Periodontitis

To manage the issue in the early stages, we could recommend a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots, and allows us to manage the disease going forward with routine cleanings every three to four months. For more severe cases, we may need to perform pocket reduction surgery or even a gum graft. Again, following these more extensive procedures we will use cleanings to control the disease, removing the buildup of plaque and tartar that could allow periodontitis to develop. By managing the issue, your smile becomes more stable and comfortable, and we can potentially move forward with tooth replacement.

Dental Implants

Good gum health is so essential because the gums frame the smile and support the teeth. If you’re receiving dental implants, the disease could compromise them without treatment, causing them to fail. But with managed periodontal disease, your smile is able to support one or more dental implants. This allows us to address minor or severe tooth loss with lifelike prosthetics that could last decades to come, or possibly even a lifetime. A full smile means proper bite function, eating your favorite foods again, and smiling with confidence.

If you have any questions about how we address tooth loss, or about managing periodontal disease, then contact our team today. We want you to smile without hesitation, and can help with periodontal care and implant dentistry.

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Restoring Your Smile

We would like to help you find the right solution for your periodontal troubles and your lost teeth. If you would like to learn more about protecting your gum health, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867. A healthy and whole smile is possible!