I have gum disease. Will I lose my teeth?
What makes tooth extraction a last resort at Perio and Implants?
I have gum disease. Will I lose my teeth? At Perio and Implants consider tooth removal only when all other viable gum treatment options have been discussed and eliminated.
Why does gum disease lead to loose teeth and tooth extraction?
We never want to extract a tooth. And often, we don’t need to. It is the consequence of severe gum disease (periodontitis/ periodontal disease) that you will likely need to have that tooth removed.
Gum disease can occur if you have poor oral health, either through bad habits, genetics, or both, tooth extraction may be for severely affected situations, where the gums can no longer support the tooth.
Are there alternatives to tooth extraction?
Yes if you act fast! If you think you may have periodontal disease, you need to take immediate measures and book an appointment with us. We can check your gums provide you with urgent gum treatment, advise you on the prognosis of your teeth and place you on a pathway to help keep your teeth for life; this will be doing a lot to prevent having a tooth extracted possibly.
What do I need to do to avoid tooth extraction, if I have gum disease?
Identifying early gum disease:
If you regularly attend your dentists for regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments, they will be able to spot early signs of your gums deteriorating. If need be, they can refer you to a specialist (like us) to immediately provide urgent specialist gum care to treat the affected tissues.
Know the early signs of gum disease:
If you are aware of the warning signs you can act accordingly. Early symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums when brushing, swollen gums and bad breath. Find out more about the symptoms of gum disease here.
- Early intervention is critical!
If you have concerns that you may have gum disease, contact us today if you want to set up an appointment with our specialists to check your gums.
REMEMBER: Gum disease quietly attacks your gums, and quite often, you can be completely unaware you have it.
It’s the more advanced symptoms that can leave you at risk of losing your teeth:
If the disease is left untreated, the bone that supports the teeth becomes affected. This is known as Periodontitis or periodontal disease.
Symptoms of Periodontitis can include:
Bad breath (halitosis)
An unpleasant taste in your mouth
Loose teeth that can make eating difficult
Collections of pus that develop under your gums or teeth (gum abscesses)
Again, the team at Perio and Implants will do everything to ensure you keep your teeth.
But when all else fails, it is a safe procedure that will significantly help keep the remainder of your mouth healthy.
Please remember early intervention is critical!
If you have concerns that you may have Periodontitis, contact us today if you want to set up an appointment with our gum care specialists to check your gums. Please get in touch to discuss your gum concerns.