Many people assume that all tooth loss is due to decay. Gum disease also causes tooth loss, and it can be completely unnoticeable right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth. You will be glad to know that it's possible to control most cases of gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
With mild periodontal disease, there are very effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually halt the progression of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans. With advanced periodontal disease, the treatment is surgical. Gum surgery has a high success rate in controlling the condition, and it can be covered by common insurance plans. Dr. May does not perform gum surgery in the office but is able to give patients referrals to the quality periodontists in our area.
Teeth can be lost due to an accident or other trauma, but the most common reason people lose a tooth is because of gum disease and/or decay. So, is it a big deal to lose a tooth? Losing even a single tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift and move around. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Other bad things can happen; your face can change shape, often looking "sunken." This can make you look much older than you really are. Your speech can be affected. Because it's harder to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself favoring softer foods and more carbohydrates. The best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can replace one tooth or multiple teeth. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look hard to tell the difference.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (540) 366-1001.
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