Can gum disease lead to tooth extractions?

Gum disease is a common reason for tooth extractions. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that has rotten the bone away. If too much of the bone is missing, there is no supporting structure for the tooth left, and we will have to remove the tooth because we can’t fix the bone any longer. The tooth will be removed, and the bone will be grafted to prepare for the next step.

How Does Gum Disease Affect You?

The Hidden Epidemic Striking America – Stay Healthier And Happier By Understanding Gum Disease.

The bacteria that cause gum disease are always present in the mouth, yet not all individuals develop gum disease. Why is this? Most of the bacteria that make a home in the plaque on your teeth are brushed and flossed away daily. These simple habits control the bacterial population, helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy. When oral hygiene is neglected, however, the bacteria spread and infect your gums. Symptoms of the infection are progressive, so see our periodontist in Jupiter, FL to avoid the complications of gum disease, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss
  • Difficulty managing diabetes
  • Poor memory function
  • Increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer

How We Protect Your Oral Health

In the earliest stage of gum disease or gingivitis, your infection can be easily treated with thorough professional cleanings and debridement procedures. Once the infection has progressed to periodontitis, however, Dr. Paul Fotek may recommend scaling and root planing therapy and localized antibiotic placement to arrest the disease and heal the gum tissues. Advanced periodontal disease can cause chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, bone loss, and tooth loss, and may require surgical treatment. While Dr. Fotek can treat your periodontal disease and rebuild your smile, he would prefer to prevent any damage to your healthy teeth and gums.

Amazing, gentle doctor. I have great respect for Dr Fotek. Like many people I don’t like dental work. At his new office I was so relaxed and it felt like I was at a spa, not getting dental surgery. – Michael F.

How We Protect Your Overall Health

The bacteria that cause periodontal disease slowly break down your gums and supportive structures, destroying your smile. However, they do not stop there. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream, posing a threat to vital organs. Gum disease also creates chronic inflammation, which can lead to a variety of systemic illnesses.

Do not risk your health or the health of your smile. Contact our periodontist in Jupiter, FL, to learn about gum disease treatments, like scaling and root planing or osseous surgery. For exceptional service and quality care, call our office to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Fotek and our team of skilled professionals are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with gentle periodontal treatment, implant dentistry, and preventative care.

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