Gum disease is a serious threat to the health of your smile that can lead to the loss of one or more teeth if it’s not treated quickly. Patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease are often reluctant to inquire about restoring their smile with dental implants. But dentists have effective ways to remedy gum disease.
Only a qualified implant dentist like Dr. Owoc can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are missing teeth due to gum disease, trauma, or any other reason, you should arrange a consultation with Dr. Owoc as soon as possible. He will determine which smile restoration works best for you and your unique situation.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the result of a bacterial infection. The bacteria that causes gum disease feeds on the plaque and tartar that develops in your mouth. There are two things you should do to prevent plaque and tartar: The first is to practice effective dental hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash every day. You should also visit Dr. Owoc’s office for regular checkups at least twice a year.
If you feel pain when you chew or if your gums bleed when you brush, there’s a strong possibility you have gum disease. Your gum disease won’t go away on its own and you need to see Dr. Owoc as soon as possible.
The Three Stages of Gum Disease
There are three stages of gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced gingivitis. The sooner your dentist discovers your gum disease, the easier it is to treat. That’s one reason why regular dental visits are so important.
When gum disease is allowed to progress to the advanced periodontitis stage, the effects are devastating. Your breath becomes extremely unpleasant and pus begins to ooze from pockets of infection around the base of your teeth. Your gums pull away from your teeth so that your teeth actually begin to appear larger. Eventually, your teeth become so loose that they start to shift around. Finally, you begin to lose your teeth.
How Dental Implants Protect Against Gum Disease
All the teeth in your smile work together to support one another and hold each other in place. But when you lose a tooth, it damages the stability of the entire system and it can quickly cause a chain reaction that leads to the loss of even more teeth.
Dental implants help preserve the health of your smile by holding your remaining teeth in place. This innovative tooth replacement option also helps protect the health of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. This process is called resorption. By stimulating bone tissue just as a natural tooth would, dental implants provide the important stabilization your smile needs to stay healthy, beautiful, and strong.
Questions? Visit Your Implant Dentist in White Oak, PA
If you’ve already lost a tooth to gum disease, time is not on your side. Call our White Oak dentist to arrange your consultation with Dr. Owoc to see what we can do for your smile. We’ll help you find the smile restoration that’s best for you.