Have you experienced foul breath and or bad tastes in your mouth, bleeding when brushing, or receding gums? If so, you may be one of the millions of people suffering from gum disease, a progressive condition affecting the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Caused by toxin-releasing bacteria from a buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease often happens so gradually, only a professional can spot the symptoms in time. Not surprisingly, untreated gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, with irreversible damage to the gum tissue and jaw bone having already occurred by the time you notice your teeth feel more mobile. You are certainly not alone in this situation, however, and if you have lost teeth due to gum disease, you don’t have to continue living with an incomplete or painful smile. Seek our comprehensive dental implant solutions today!
Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Poor dental hygiene
Smoking or tobacco use
The Stages of Gum Disease
Characterized by tender, swollen gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed and flossed. This is caused by toxin-releasing bacteria found in the plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth, leading to inflammation of the gum tissue. Professional deep cleanings can effectively treat this stage and halt further spread of infection.
Characterized by gums that pull away from the teeth as inflammation continues to infect the gum tissue surrounding teeth. Pockets around the teeth begin to form, creating more surface area for plaque buildup and bacteria to develop below the gumline. Toxins produced by bacterial plaque may begin break-down of the jaw bone.
Characterized by severely deep pockets around teeth and irreversible damage to the gum tissue and underlying bone. Without support structures, teeth become mobile. Pus may develop around the teeth and gums, along with chronic bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. The risk for tooth loss is greatly increased.
Feel Whole and Healthy Again
As a comprehensive implant office, we regularly see patients who have lost one or more teeth due to gum disease and are well-equipped to restore smiles using dental implants. Offering single, multiple, and full arch dental implants at our Ocala, FL practice, we have the tooth replacement solutions you need to feel whole and healthy once again. Experienced in implant and restorative dentistry, Dr. Nickelice Brand offers bone grafting to restore your jaw if you have lost substantial jaw bone and extractions if diseased teeth cannot be saved. Even if you feel your case is too severe and hopeless, we can assure you that our highly skilled team has the training and resources to return your mouth to optimal health so you can enjoy a vibrant, functional, and naturally attractive smile for many years to come.
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