What Are The Ramifications Of Gum Disease If Left Untreated?
Brushing and flossing is essential for patients to maintain a healthy smile. Together with regular appointments with Knoxville dentist Dr. Foncea, patients can keep from developing unwanted problems such as gum disease, periodontal disease, and gingivitis. Gum disease is a serious problem that can ultimately affect a patient’s gums, bone structure, and teeth, and can leave a patient with irreversible damage. Knowing what gum disease is, how to treat it, and how to avoid it, can help patients keep this issue from developing.
Gum disease starts as gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include persistent bad breath, inflammation, and redness of the gums, and bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing. This is the first sign of a problem and a sign that it’s time for a trip to their Knoxville dentist. When this starts to happen, it marks the beginning stages of periodontal disease.
As the disease progresses, it begins to lead to tartar and plaque build-up along the teeth. The gums will slowly pull away from the teeth and leave “pockets” for bacteria to deposit and attack. These pockets become breeding grounds for infection, and can lead to the disease progressing further and further. As periodontal disease continues, it will cause bone loss, which ultimately leads to the loss of natural teeth. The bone and gums will pull away from the roots of natural teeth and leave them loose enough to fall out or require extraction. Once this occurs, there is no turning back. Patients may consider restorations after the periodontal disease has been addressed, treated, and begins to clear up. Restorations such as bridges and dental implants will require patients to have strict oral health care regimens set up to ensure that periodontal disease does not occur again. This requires a patient to be serious about their dental care.
Dr. Foncea of Knoxville’s Sequoyah Dental Arts offers treatment plans for those who struggle with the development of gingivitis, gum disease, or periodontitis. Together with Dr. Foncea, they can help overcome this disease and start taking better care of their oral health.