Treating Perio Disease with a Permanent Tooth Replacement
Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC
Gum disease can pose a serious threat to your oral health. Left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss and, eventually, bone loss—which may result in jawbone recession and even changes in your appearance as a more long-term consequence.
Why does this occur? Bone deterioration is a long-term development for any individual who loses a permanent tooth. This takes place because the jawbone no longer gets any stimulation from the root of the lost tooth.
Gum disease and bone deterioration are connected because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Caused by the accumulation of bacteria, gum disease is an infection that develops in the mouth.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis. In this stage, the tissue of your gums might become puffy, bloody, inflamed, or sensitive. If not diagnosed and treated, gum disease proceeds into an advanced stage known as periodontitis.
Once gum disease reaches the stage of periodontitis, then your teeth and mouth have suffered permanent damage. Gum disease is an epidemic in the United States; periodontitis is estimated to affect as many as half of Americans who are 30 or older—approximately 64.7 million people.
During stages of periodontitis, your gums recede from your teeth, forming pockets that accumulate bacteria. If treatment is not sought, the bacteria begin to cause cavities, as well as deteriorate the underlying jawbone. Eventually, a person with periodontitis may suffer tooth loss.
If you currently suffer from gum disease, then dental implants can be an invaluable part of your treatment program. Praised by the American Dental Association as one of the most significant advances in dental technology in the past 40 years, implants are considered the finest tooth replacement option currently available in restorative dentistry.
Anyone living with missing teeth faces a higher risk of gum disease. Dental implants eliminate that increased risk, also reducing the risk of tooth decay or complications associated with a root canal. This is because the implant screw itself is compatible with the human body. Surgically inserted, this titanium screw integrates with the jawbone, preventing bone deterioration.
Remember, your best defense against gum disease is to maintain a rigorous regimen of oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist once every six months or as recommended by the dentist, for a professional cleaning and thorough examination of your oral health. Other behaviors and conditions that can increase your vulnerability to gum disease include smoking, diabetes, side effects of certain medications and genetic susceptibility.
If you think you may have gum disease, early detection and treatment is key to preventing irreversible damage to your teeth, gums, and jawbone.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that are swollen, sensitive or bleeding
- Pain in teeth, especially while chewing
- Spaces developing between your teeth
- Receded gums
- Bad breath that does not go away with brushing and flossing
- Loose teeth
- Missing teeth
To learn more about our program of gum disease treatment, or dental implants, call the office of SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry today at (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.
SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients living in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.