Sometimes, rebuilding your smile after tooth loss isn’t as simple as just replacing the teeth you’ve lost. Tooth loss occur for a number of different reasons, but the most common is severe gum disease, which erodes the gums and jawbone structure that support your teeth. Before replacing them at our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, you may have to get gum disease under control to prevent it from compromising your tooth replacement, as well.
What gum disease actually means
Gum disease, more officially known as periodontal disease, can have varying effects on your smile depending on how severe you allow it to become. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, it describes an infection in your gum tissues caused by oral bacteria working their way underneath them. The early symptoms can include unchecked inflammation and bleeding in your gums, signifying the damage that the disease is causing to the tissues. As gum disease progresses, this damage becomes much more extensive and can begin to affect the underlying jawbone structure. In severe cases, this damage can be enough to leave one or more of your teeth without adequate support, and they may fall out or require extraction as part of your gum disease treatment.
Losing teeth to gum disease
By the time gum disease causes tooth loss, the damage to the surrounding jawbone structure and gum tissues has become severe. Because gum disease is progressive, it will continue to grow worse even after you’ve lost one or more teeth, until you seek appropriate treatment for it. That may include fortifying your jawbone structure with grafting, depending on the extent of the damage. However, if your gum disease is brought under control soon enough, jawbone erosion can be mitigated and we may be able to replace your lost teeth without the need for jawbone grafting.
Replacing teeth once your gums are healthy
Once your gum disease is under control and its progression is halted, we can successfully rebuild your smile by placing an appropriate number of dental implant posts within your jawbone. Dental implant posts mimic your healthy, natural teeth roots, and can replace the roots of your lost teeth to give your restoration more durable, comfortable, and lifelike support. The fact that dental implants are secured within your jawbone makes it even more essential to treat your gum disease before receiving them. Otherwise, the disease’s progression can erode the gums and jawbone structure that support your implants, as well, causing them to fail.
Learn more about gum disease and tooth loss
Gum disease doesn’t just cause tooth loss – it can also make replacing your lost teeth more difficult unless you treat it first. For more information, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.