Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Getting teeth extracted is relatively common when you reach the advanced stages of gum disease. However, it does not always need to happen. There are steps that can be taken to try and save some of the teeth affected by this disease, but those steps are not always very successful. It is important that you know that if you do not have your teeth properly cared for once gum disease starts, chances are, you will face extractions in a short amount of time.
Why Teeth Need to Be Extracted With Gum Disease
A tooth may need to be removed when gum disease advances to the point where the jaw bone weakens and the infection spreads. Your teeth will begin to wobble in their sockets, and it's possible the tooth cannot be saved. The longer this goes on without proper treatment, the more likely you are to lose your teeth as the gum disease worsens. Once the tooth has been extracted, you will need a replacement, such as a dental implant, fixed bridge, or partial denture.
To manage your gum disease symptoms and prevent them from worsening, you need to keep up with your treatment plan. Staying consistent with your periodontal treatments based on your individual needs can help keep the symptoms of gum disease under control and prevent them from worsening. Between treatments, it’s also important to keep up with your at-home dental care plan.
If you notice any changes in your teeth or gums, you need to speak with your general dentist or give our office a call. These changes can indicate if your gum disease getting worse, and receiving timely treatment can help reduce the affect on your teeth, gums, and smile overall. Then, you can be sure that you can correct the issues in your mouth before getting to the point of needing to have your teeth extracted.