Dental Office in Roswell

March 25, 2024

Why Gum Disease Can Lead to Tooth Loss

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a widespread and concerning issue in dentistry. It affects the tissues that surround the teeth and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Despite its commonness, many people are unaware of the dangers of gum disease. This article will help you understand why gum disease may require a tooth extraction and how our office can help you manage this condition.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

The journey to periodontal disease often begins with plaque buildup. If not properly removed, the bacteria in plaque can cause inflammation and infection of the gums (gingivitis). Gingivitis is generally treatable, but when left unaddressed it can progress into more serious forms of gum disease. This includes periodontitis, which damages the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place.

The Dangerous Progression of Periodontal Disease

When periodontal disease is left unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. This is because the infection and inflammation associated with gum disease weaken the connective tissues and bone supporting teeth, causing them to become loose and fall out.

When Tooth Extraction Becomes Necessary

At our office, our primary goal is to preserve your natural teeth. However, there may come a time when tooth extraction is necessary to prevent further damage and infection. When making this decision, we take into account factors such as tooth mobility, the extent of attachment loss, the degree of bone loss visible on X-rays, and other related factors.

The Benefits of Tooth Extraction

  • Extraction stops the spread of infection, allowing for healing and restoration of oral health.
  • By addressing gum disease, we help to reduce the risk of related systemic health issues.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Extraction

Although tooth extraction may be necessary due to advanced periodontal disease, it doesn't mean you have to live without a complete and healthy smile. At our office, we offer a range of restorative dentistry options to help rebuild your smile and improve your overall oral health. These services include:

  • Dental implants: A permanent solution for tooth replacement that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
  • Bridges: A non-invasive option for filling gaps left by missing teeth, bridges help to restore your smile's appearance and function.

Caring for Your Oral Health after Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction due to periodontal disease, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices. This helps prevent the recurrence of gum disease and supports the healing process. Our dedicated staff will provide personalized guidance on how to properly care for your mouth after treatment.

Restoring Your Smile: A Commitment to Overall Wellness

Managing periodontal disease is not just about preserving your teeth—it's also about maintaining optimal overall health. Researchers have found increasing links between gum disease and a range of systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. By addressing periodontal health, we help to support your overall well-being.

A Partner in Your Oral Health Journey

At our office, you can count on us for the skilled care and personalized attention required to manage gum disease and preserve your natural teeth. We'll explain every step of treatment and discuss your options for rebuilding a healthy, complete smile. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve optimal oral health.

Taking Charge of Your Oral Health

Managing periodontal disease requires vigilance, proper care, and sometimes tooth extraction. By understanding the risks associated with gum disease and working closely with your dental team, you can take charge of your oral health and support overall wellness.

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11775 Pointe Pl #101
Roswell, GA 30076
New Patients: (770) 526-9210
Existing Patients: (770) 475-3600