First of all, a missing tooth can lead to gum disease (Periodontal Disease). How does a missing tooth lead to gum disease (Periodontal Disease)?
When a tooth falls out, it leaves a wound. With our mouths, and especially our gums being warm and moist places, bacteria can easily grow or find a home within them. So, if you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you’re at a much higher risk for developing gum disease (Periodontal Disease) issues. This is what makes dental implants so important.
Gum disease (Periodontal Disease) is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. There are two types that exist.● Gingivitis – Affects the gums and soft tissue surrounding the teeth.● Periodontitis – Affects the gums and spreads into tissues and bone that support your teeth, is often less commonly discussed.
If left untreated, gum disease (Periodontal Disease) can require oral surgery. This can take the form of a gum graft, extraction of a tooth or teeth, or a flap procedure to clean the roots and repair bone damage.
This oral surgery often requires the use of additional medications sometimes before treatment and sometimes after treatment.
Dental implant surgery for a single tooth or multiple teeth can help prevent gum disease (Periodontal Disease) by closing the gap in your gum line and keeping dangerous bacteria away from your gums and jawbone. Keep your mouth looking and feeling healthy with dental implants.