When gum disease begins, you can spot it by recognizing the first signs and symptoms which can include inflammation and bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. At this point, your dentist can treat the condition and generally get your gums back in healthy shape. However, ignoring the issue too long can cause gum disease to become more serious, which is considered periodontal disease. Once you get periodontal disease, the situation is more serious. You can learn more about periodontal disease, what it can cost you, and how you may have dental implants in your future. You'll also become better educated on dental implants.
About periodontal disease
Once you have developed periodontal disease, you can experience an array of tooth and gum issues. Some of the issues can include worsening bleeding when brushing, more severe inflammation, gums receding from your teeth, larger gaps between your teeth, sores inside of your mouth, loose teeth, pus coming from the areas where your teeth come out of your gums, bad breath, a change in your bite. The 'bite' refers to the way your teeth meet when you close your mouth or bite down on food. For some people, tooth loss becomes a reality due to periodontal disease.
Tooth loss can affect you in many ways, some of which you may not have ever expected. Missing molars can make it difficult to chew many foods. Missing front teeth make biting into many foods more difficult and affect the way you look when you smile, talk, or open your mouth. You may become extremely self-conscious, especially when you talk or smile and see people staring straight at your mouth. The more teeth you lose, the worse problems can get in many areas.
Once you have lost your teeth due to periodontal disease, you may be a candidate for dental implants to replace them. However, the probabilities of your jawbone being affected is high. Before implants are a realistic possibility, the dentist will need to verify your bone is going to handle the procedure and be able to properly support the implants.
You may luck out and find that you are between the point of having periodontal disease enough to cause loose teeth that need to be extracted or tooth loss but are also not at the point where things have become serious enough for the loss of density in the bone.
In some cases, the dentist will be able to help improve the density and then the two of you will be able to take another look at whether you are going to be a fit candidate. For more information about the dental implant procedure, contact a dentist near you.