If you haven’t lost any of your natural teeth, then the development of gum disease can become one of your biggest risk factors in doing so. That’s because gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and if it’s already developed, then it will continue to cause increasingly harm to your smile’s supportive structures. If you have gum disease and have lost one or more teeth to it, then its presence can continue to impact your smile and affect your tooth replacement if it isn’t properly managed.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a progressive disease in your gum tissues, and when it becomes severe, it can cause significant damage to the tissues and the jawbone structure underneath them. This damage is also the reason why gum disease is often the cause of tooth loss. The erosion of your gum tissues and jawbone structure can leave one or more of your teeth without adequate support around their teeth roots. Treatment for the disease may include rebuilding these structures, though for some people, the damage may already be severe enough to cause the loss of one or more teeth, or the need to extract them.

It’s influence on your tooth loss risks

Because of the damage that gum disease can cause to your smile’s foundation, having it can instantly raise your risks of tooth loss, even if it’s still in its minor stage (known as gingivitis). When the condition first develops, and throughout the early stages of its progression, the symptoms of gum disease may not seem severe, even if they are noticeable. However, seemingly minor signs like bleeding or inflammation in your gums can indicate much more extensive damage than you might realize. This means your gum disease can be more severe than you realize, and by the time many patients seek treatment, they may already be faced with the loss of one or more teeth.

It’s impact on your dental implants

After you lose one or more teeth to gum disease, the loss is a significant enough occurrence to warrant immediate attention. That attention involves replacing the teeth that you’ve lost, though your gum disease will have to be properly managed before this is possible. Losing one or more teeth doesn’t stop the progression of gum disease, and it can continue to impact your oral health even after you replace them. If not properly managed, the destruction that disease causes can also compromised your dental implant posts, which rely on your healthy gums and jawbone structure for continued support.

Learn about gum disease and tooth loss

From causing tooth loss to complicating the success of your dental implants, gum disease can be a significant factor in your oral health until it’s successfully managed. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.