Tooth and Bone Loss in New Braunfels, TX
The number one reason that adults lose their teeth today is due to gum disease, or periodontal disease. There is no cure for periodontal disease, so it is important for you to have a comprehensive periodontal examination on a regular basis, especially if you are experiencing any gum disease symptoms.
There are several identifiable symptoms of gum disease, but the most obvious is the occurrence of bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. Pain is usually not associated with gum disease in the early stages, so the bleeding of gums when brushing is certainly a red flag and warrants a thorough evaluation. The presence of a bad taste or smell and tender, swollen gum tissues can also indicate a problem with your gums.
Bacteria that cause gum disease live in the pockets between your teeth and gums. These bacteria produce toxins, which in turn cause your body to destroy the bone that supports your teeth. If you lose enough bone over time, your teeth can become loose and can result in tooth loss. Again, there is no cure for periodontal, or gum disease, but the goal is to maintain it, manage the bacteria, and keep the disease from progressing.
Gum disease is most often slowly progressive, but can eventually result in tooth loss. Losing teeth can generate the need for additional restorative and tooth replacement treatments, such as dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures. These are sound options for tooth replacement, but nothing will ever be as good as your natural teeth. Proper oral homecare routines and periodic dental visits are key in maintaining a healthy mouth and reducing gum disease symptoms.
If you experience gum disease symptoms such as tenderness or bleeding gums when brushing, notice a bad taste or smell, or have loose teeth, you are in need of a thorough periodontal evaluation. It is vital not only to the longevity of your teeth, but also your overall health that you achieve and maintain a health mouth. Contact Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole today to schedule your screening for gum disease.
At Smith & Cole Laser and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing exceptional care in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our doctors, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole, are experts in their field and strive each day to make patients feel at ease while transforming their smiles. Our office is proud to serve patients from New Braunfels, TX as well as the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, and CEREC Same Day Crowns. Call (830) 387-2852 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!