Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Millions of Americans suffer from active gum disease, an infection that has devastating effects on your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Once this disease reaches an advanced stage, it has done permanent damage to your teeth and mouth. The potential consequences of a case of active gum disease include tooth loss and eventually, bone loss.
The effects of jawbone loss
The atrophy of supporting bone structure is an eventuality for anyone who loses a permanent tooth. Your jawbone deteriorates because it is no longer receiving stimulation that was provided by the root of the tooth. Once bone loss begins, this can affect the security of the teeth that were adjacent to the lost tooth. It also can alter your appearance, resulting in your face having a “sunken-in” look.
If you have active gum disease, then prompt diagnosis and treatment is key. Once a case of gum disease develops into periodontitis, then permanent damage has been done. Approximately half of Americans who are at least 30 years of age or older suffer from periodontitis, which means pockets develop between the teeth and gums, harboring harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay, gum recession, bone deterioration, and tooth loss. Left untreated, these pockets expand, and the bacteria can spread to other areas of the body increasing one’s risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.
It is important to have active gum disease treated to prevent it from spreading or worsening. Once treated, however, teeth that have been lost as a result of the disease should be replaced to prevent further resorption of the jawbone.
Dental implants prevent jawbone loss
At Miami Designer Smiles, we can use dental implants as part of our program of active gum disease treatment for patients with lost teeth. Implants are considered the finest tooth replacement option available in the field of restorative dentistry today. They have a 95 percent success rate and have been recognized by the American Dental Association as one of the greatest advances in dental technology in the past four decades.
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that prevents bone deterioration. This is accomplished through the implant itself, a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the lost tooth root. During the healing process, this screw fuses to the jawbone, providing that crucial stimulation and stopping bone loss in its tracks.
The implant screw also is one reason why a dental implant is considered the only permanent tooth replacement option available. Other tooth replacements such as dentures and bridges have to be replaced and/or repaired as they will deteriorate or wear down over time.
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Prevention is key
Your best defense against gum disease is to avoid the disease altogether. While certain factors such as poor oral health or even genetics can increase your risk of active gum disease, you can do your part by refraining from smoking, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a thorough regimen of at-home oral hygiene that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Also, be sure to visit your dentist at least once each six months for a professional cleaning and an examination of your teeth and mouth.
If you have missing teeth, or have lost teeth because of active gum disease, and would like to learn more, contact Miami Designer Smiles at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment.
Miami Designer Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.