Aside from having a tooth knocked out during a dental emergency, there are many oral health conditions that can gradually lead to tooth loss. For example, the chronic oral health condition known as gum disease is the most common reason why adults lose permanent teeth. For patients who have gum disease, the risks of losing one or more teeth to it grow higher every day that the condition is left untreated. For patients who’ve already lost one or more teeth to gum disease, dealing with it properly is key to successfully rebuilding their smiles. Today, we take a closer look at the links between severe gum disease and tooth loss, and what that link can mean for your smile.

What is gum disease, exactly?

Gum disease is often referred to by several different names. As gingivitis, gum disease is an infection in your gum tissues that has developed due to harmful oral bacteria gathering underneath them. In more severe periodontal disease, or periodontitis, it describes a highly destructive condition that causes severe erosion and damage to your gums, jawbone structure, and more. This destruction is the main link between the disease and the heightened risks of tooth loss that accompany it. Your gum tissues and jawbone structure are the main supportive structures of your teeth, and as gum disease erodes them, you can be more likely to lose teeth or need them extracted by the time you seek treatment for it.

Does everyone with gum disease lose teeth?

The good news is that having disease doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to lose teeth. Because it’s progressive, your dentist will notice the signs long before it becomes that severe. However, that depends on you visiting your dentist for routine dental care and maintenance on a consistent basis. Losing teeth to gum disease is much more likely if you don’t stick to a regular schedule of dental checkup and cleaning appointments. The same is true if you notice the signs yourself, but neglect to schedule a visit as soon as possible.

Recovering from gum disease and tooth loss

If you experience severe gum disease and lose one or more teeth to it, then restoring your smile will require both dealing with gum disease and replacing your lost teeth. The first step will have to be managing your gum disease so that it doesn’t progress further. Then, we can replace your lost tooth or teeth with a highly lifelike restoration, supported on one or more dental implant posts.

Protect your smile from gum disease and tooth loss

Gum disease and tooth loss are closely related, but you can still protect your smile if you seek treatment as soon as possible. To learn more, 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.