Loose or missing teeth often result from untreated periodontal disease, a bacterial infection in the mouth that destroys the supporting structures that teeth require to stay healthy. Other gum disease symptoms may include bad breath, bone loss in the jaw, gum recession, and other problems that Dr. James Matia can treat. Injuries, disease, and genetic factors can also lead to missing teeth.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Gum disease symptoms can vary from person to person but here are some of the most common indicators of infection.
• Sensitive, red, inflamed gums that bleed, especially when brushing or flossing
• Puss around the teeth or gum line
• Trapped food around the teeth or beneath the gums
• Gum recession (receding gums)
Gum Disease and Missing Teeth
Loose teeth or missing teeth are possible gum disease symptoms. When bacteria get trapped between the teeth and gums for lengthy periods of time, they can begin to destroy soft tissue and healthy bone in the jaw. This can jeopardize tooth support and, without treatment, teeth are likely to loosen and possibly fall out. Although these symptoms are possible, it is important to note people with gum disease do not always show symptoms
Avoid Missing Teeth with Treatment
Brushing and flossing your teeth after meals as well as scheduling regular visits with your dental care provider is your best defense against missing teeth. Other ways to avoid missing teeth include eating foods that support good overall health. In some cases, vitamin supplements, prescribed by your doctor, can also help to control gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.
Treating Teeth that are Already Loose
Dr. Matia treats gums disease symptoms every day, including missing teeth. Comprehensive cleanings, laser gum surgery, antibiotic therapy, gingival and bone grafting, and dental implants are just some of the ways that loose or missing teeth can be addressed.
Do not ignore gum disease symptoms. Dr. Matia in Wooster, OH can address loose or missing teeth. Call us today for your consultation.