What if I don’t get treatment for gum disease?
You don’t necessarily have to get emergency treatment to deal with this condition, mainly because you probably won’t need it during the early stages, but you should definitely think about referring it to your dentist as soon as you get chance, otherwise, you may have to deal with tooth loss and further pain.
It might seem like the easier option to start with is to try and ignore the problem or take painkillers to make it feel better, but that is not going to deal with it long-term, so you should definitely think about consulting with your dentist at the first opportunity.
Without treatment, the gums will become sore and inflamed and then the tissue will pull away from the base of the teeth, causing them to become loose in the sockets.
As the infection travels down into the tissue it will affect the bone and cause the sockets to widen, further loosening the teeth.
When this problem reaches the more aggressive stage of periodontitis, it will lead to extensive tooth loss, particularly because the gums surround every tooth in the mouth, not just one or two.
Although tooth loss can be treated using implants or a dental bridge, it should be avoided, to begin with, especially since gum disease can cause complications with tooth implants if the condition is aggressive.
If you do not seek professional advice regarding this dental problem, you may suffer from a more serious infection that affects your general health as well as your teeth.
Gum disease can spread into the surrounding tissue and it may begin to affect organ function and could be fatal if blood poisoning develops.
If you notice other symptoms, such as dizziness or nausea, you should get to the hospital rather than the dental clinic because your general health may be affected. A doctor is needed in this situation, as a dentist will not be able to help with serious health conditions.
It is unlikely that gum disease will put your life at risk in this way, but you should be aware that this can happen if the condition is left to progress for a long time without treatment.
How are Missing teeth replaced
As we know, gum disease can often lead to the removal of teeth in order for the oral condition to improve and the disease to be eradicated.
There are some ways that a tooth lost to gum disease can be replaced. If you have lost a tooth due to gum disease, it is likely that the general condition of your teeth and even jaw is not in great condition.
This is where bone regeneration comes in. In order to replace a missing tooth or teeth with implants, there needs to be a strong foundation, i.e the jaw.
If your oral health is in a poor condition, you may find that there is not enough bone in your jaw for implants to work.
Specialist implant clinics such as Dorset Dental Implants, Poole offer a bone regeneration treatment that helps support healthy bone growth so that an implant can be placed. Bone regeneration is an advanced procedure, it is not something that can be done with cheap dental implants procedure!
Keeping a healthy oral hygiene routine to avoid these problems
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Use the proper equipment
- Practice good technique
- Keep your equipment clean
- Know when to replace your toothbrush
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