Foul breath and taste in your mouth. Bleeding when brushing. Receding gums. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of the millions of people suffering from gum disease, a progressive condition affecting the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Caused by toxin-releasing bacteria from a buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease often happens so gradually that many don’t know they have it. It can quickly progress, however, and cause damage to your oral structures and your overall health. What’s more, it can promote bad breath, an unsightly smile and increase your risk for tooth loss. Fortunately, treatment is available that can successfully eliminate bacteria and help restore health to your gums and bone. If tooth loss has already occurred, we provide multiple solutions at our Wichita Falls, TX office, including dental implants to permanently restore your full function and health.
Characterized by tender, swollen gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed and flossed. This is caused by toxin-releasing bacteria found in the plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, leading to inflammation of the gum tissue. Professional deep cleanings can effectively treat this stage and halt further spread of infection.
Characterized by gums that pull away from the teeth as inflammation continues to infect the gum tissue surrounding teeth. Pockets around the teeth begin to form, creating more surface area for plaque buildup and bacteria to develop below the gumline. Toxins produced by bacterial plaque may begin break-down of the jaw bone.
Characterized by severely deep pockets around teeth and irreversible damage to the gum tissue and underlying bone. Without support structures, teeth become mobile. Pus may develop around the teeth and gums, along with chronic bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. The risk for tooth loss is greatly increased.
Advanced periodontal disease has been linked to numerous systemic health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Another major concern of advanced periodontal disease is the destruction of both soft tissue and bone, which leads to an increased risk for tooth loss. In fact, advanced periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults! Loose or missing teeth as a result of advanced periodontal disease can be effectively replaced with dental implants to restore health, function, and aesthetics back to the smile. However, advanced periodontal disease must be treated first. We collaborate with periodontists to restore your proper gum health so we can place implants in a healthy environment and help ensure exceptional long-term implant outcomes.
If you suffer from advanced periodontal disease, you’ll most likely also have extensive jaw bone loss as a result. Even if bone loss has occurred, full-arch tooth replacements can provide you a full set of new teeth, often without the need for bone grafting! The best replication of natural teeth, dental implants provide permanent benefits that extend both above the gum line and below through integration with the jaw bone. Dental implants keep bone healthy by stimulating it with activities such as biting and chewing, helping to retain the natural shape of the face, while providing a solid foundation for new teeth. When you regain this dental function, your oral health is improved, impacting the health of your entire body by restoring your ability to eat a variety of foods, chew thoroughly, and digest properly. One of the most significant improvements new teeth provide, however, is a renewal in your confidence and wellbeing in the form of a complete, healthy, and natural smile.
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