The main cause of tooth loss in adults is untreated gum disease. Different diseases can affect the gums and surrounding bone but it is all too easy to ignore it and let it progress.
Gum disease should always be looked at as soon as it is noticed as failure to treat it can cause irreversible damage to the affected area before it spreads.
Gum disease can lead to:
- Deeper pockets in the gum between your teeth and gums, where bacteria can collect.
- Bone loss, resulting in less bone to stabilise your teeth.
- Loose teeth, and tooth loss.
Do you suffer from gum disease?
- Do your gums bleed when you brush them?
- Do you get blood in your mouth for no apparent reason?
- Have you noticed spaces developing between your teeth?
- Have you noticed your gums receding, ie your teeth looking longer?
- Do your gums look red or swollen?
- Do you suffer with bad breath?
- Do your teeth feel loose?
- Have your teeth moved position?
- Do you suffer with recurrent infections in your mouth?
If you can answer yes to any of the above questions then you should see a dentist to be screened for gum disease and discuss your concerns.
Unfortunately, gum disease often goes unnoticed by patients until it has advanced, which is why you should always look out for the signs and visit your dentist regularly, in order to identify any potential problems and treat them while gum disease is still in its early stages. Should the condition progress it will be harder to treat effectively and you will be more likely to lose teeth as a result.
Who carries out the treatment?
Like many areas of dentistry, periodontics is a very specialised area that requires skill and experience to treat. Fortunately our talented team includes some of the country’s most respected periodontists, who will be able to diagnose you properly and provide any treatment that may be required. Even if there are no obvious symptoms, a regular check-up could end up saving your teeth.
- Prevents the permanent loss of teeth
- Maintains good function
- Reduces the risk of infections spreading
What are the alternatives:
There are no aternatives if you require peridontal treatment. If you have any questions on periodontal treatment, would like more information, or you’re not sure whether you need treatment then please contact us.