Not everyone who experiences tooth loss also has gum disease, and not everyone who has gum disease will experience tooth loss because of it. However, the progressive destruction of your gums that the disease causes is one of the leading factors in most cases of tooth loss, which makes it an important factor in many patient’s plans for replacing their lost teeth and restoring their smiles. Today, we examine the importance of that role, and why successfully treating and managing your gum disease might be essential to ensuring the success of your dental implant restoration.
The nature of progressive gum disease
Gum disease develops and progresses in different stages, and at first, it doesn’t seem like a problem that could lead to substantial consequences. As it progresses, however, gum disease causes increasingly worse inflammation and damage to your gum tissues and periodontal ligaments, which make up an important part of the structures that support your teeth and their roots. In severe cases of gum disease, the destruction of these supportive tissues and ligaments causes one or more teeth to lose a substantial amount of support, causing them to grow loose and fall out, or require extraction.
Why it leads to tooth loss more frequently
Because gum disease is progressive, there’s time to treat it and manage it after it develops, before it can cause enough damage to lead to tooth loss. The extent of treatment varies depending on the severity of your gum disease, but for many people, the severity isn’t obvious. Symptoms of gum disease may not become obviously apparent until the condition itself is severe, which is why many patients may already have lost a tooth or experienced significant enough gum damage to require tooth extraction by the time they seek treatment.
Dealing with gum disease and tooth loss
The first step in restoring your smile after you’ve lost one or more teeth to gum disease is to address the underlying problem of the disease. This can require highly personalized and specialized periodontal treatment and maintenance, including surgery to restore any severely damaged periodontal tissues and ligaments. After your gum disease is under control, we can plan the placement of your dental implant posts and your custom-designed restoration on your healthy dental ridge.
Learn more about fully restoring your smile
For many people, gum disease plays an important role in their loss of one or more teeth, and dealing with it could be necessary before successfully restoring their smiles. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.