Although many are aware of the dangers gum disease poses to dental health, few may realize that the effects of gum disease go beyond the teeth and gums, and may directly impact jawbone health. Gum disease is an infection, and like any infection, it can spread if left untreated. Fortunately, restorative dentistry treatments can help reverse the damage caused by gum disease and jawbone loss for improved oral health and a restored smile. To learn more about your treatment options for gum disease and jawbone loss, schedule a consultation with Lake Jackson, TX dentists Brian K. Bell and Justin J. Crocker.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums generally caused by the bacteria found in plaque and tartar. If left untreated, gum disease will progress from gingivitis to the more severe form, periodontitis. When periodontitis develops, it can spread beyond the gum tissue and infect the jawbone. As periodontitis infects the jawbone and other tissues supporting the teeth, the tissues will begin to deteriorate. As jawbone is lost, the teeth may become loose and eventually fall out.
Gum disease can have a devastating impact on oral health, causing severe dental pain, tooth loss, and jawbone loss. A loss of jawbone tissue is of particular concern because it can lead to the loss of other teeth, making eating difficult and impacting the appearance of the jaw line. If jawbone loss and gum disease have caused tooth loss, dental implant treatment may be performed once the jawbone is restored to permanently replace one or more missing teeth.
Treating gum disease and jawbone loss is essential for protecting oral health and restoring confidence. Treatments for gum disease depend on the severity of the infection and often require surgical intervention when infection has spread to the jawbone. In order to restore oral health, gum disease and jawbone loss may be addressed with:
To learn more about your treatment options for gum disease and jawbone loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Drs. Bell and Crocker.