Gum Disease & Tooth Loss- What’s The Link?

Did you know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss?

Gum disease is a common public health concern that has been linked to an increased risk of a wide range of health complications. From receding gum lines to bone deterioration to cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, gum disease affects all aspects of your health. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help Dr. Zachary Sisler detect the signs of early developing gum disease while treatment options are most effective.

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How does gum disease cause tooth loss?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection. Bacteria forms deep pockets along the gum line that cause inflammation. As the gums become inflamed, they start to pull away from the teeth. Over time the teeth can shift, become loose, and eventually fall out due to a lack of support from the gums. Missing teeth can lead to the deterioration of the bone tissue. Left untreated, missing teeth can cause the face to sag and the jawline to regress. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is key to preventing further damage to your oral health.

How do I prevent tooth loss associated with gum disease?

The key to avoiding subsequent complications related to gum disease is proactive preventative dental care and early intervention periodontal therapy. Preventing tooth loss associated with gum disease requires diligent daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office. Preventing and treating gum disease, can prevent tooth loss. Biannual professional teeth cleanings help to keep oral bacteria in check. Dr. Sisler may also recommend the use of an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep gums healthy in-between dentist office visits. Dr. Sisler may make personalized recommendations on other techniques that can help you keep oral bacteria in balance.

What if I have lost teeth due to gum disease?

If you have advanced gum disease and have experienced tooth loss or need teeth removed, Dr. Zachary Sisler offers full dental implant services under one roof. Dr. Sisler is a highly trained implant dentist and offers comprehensive periodontal therapy treatments from the comfort of his Shippensburg, PA dentist office. Dental implants are a natural way to replace teeth and restore your smile. Implants function and look like natural teeth and can help to regenerate damaged bone tissue.