The Connection Between Dental Implants and Gum Disease
Posted on 12/15/2019 by Kelly Hong
Gum disease is a broad term describing the ailments that affect the gums. At the earliest stages of gum disease, it's possible to notice swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums. As gum disease progresses, you may begin to notice some amount of pain as well as occasional bleeding.
In advanced gum disease, the gums will slowly recede, exposing the roots of the teeth. As advanced gum disease goes unchecked, more and more problems will rapidly occur eventually causing tooth loss.
What Gum Disease Does
Gum disease starts causing tooth decay immediately. It's a slow process to actually lose teeth from gum disease, however, it's painful and hard to stop. Once the gums recede from the teeth and become infected by the bacteria in the mouth, the teeth are at serious risk of being lost. Once teeth are severely decayed, there aren't many procedures that can fix them. In most instances of advanced gum disease, teeth need to be removed.
Once the teeth are removed, options are limited as far as restoring the mouth to a healthy condition. The most common solution to tooth loss is installing dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetics that act as normal teeth. They function by attaching to the jawbone with a screw.
Dental implants are a necessary step in repairing a mouth that has lost teeth. This is because tooth loss can make the bite uneven causing further teeth problems. Dental implants are one of the only restorative methods that can help restore jawbone strength and rigidity after losing teeth as well.
If you're considering having dental implants installed or have recently suffered from tooth loss, we're here to serve you and your needs. Give us a call to set up an appointment, and we'll be happy to help you find whether dental implants are a viable option for you or not.