One concern many people can have about aging is the possibility that they will suffer tooth loss. While you may be worried that you will face this problem when you are older, you may not be aware of what issues can increase your risk. The main reason people will lose teeth as adults is because they suffer from advanced gum disease. When a periodontal infection takes hold, and nothing is done to reverse your condition in time, you can develop periodontitis. This will lead to the damage of bone and soft tissue that keep teeth in place. If you want to avoid tooth loss, make sure you take care of your gum tissue. If you see signs that you might have an infection, your dentist can help by performing a deep cleaning.
Protecting Yourself Against Gum Disease
The first step in protecting yourself against gum disease is recognizing its symptoms. Look out for signs that your gum tissue may be receding, or if it is prone to bleeding when you brush and floss. Swelling and redness are other common signs. If you do need help dealing with this condition, your dentist can help you by performing a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. This will involve cleaning areas of your teeth that are under your gum line, as well as polishing the surfaces to guard against future bacteria accumulation.
What To Do If You Have Already Suffered Tooth Loss
If you have already suffered tooth loss, you should know that your dentist is able to provide prosthetic support. To firmly secure your restoration, you can discuss having dental implants placed. Implants are capable of acting in support of individual replacement teeth, but a sequence of them can support a set of dentures. By using implants, you can enjoy a more comfortable prosthetic experience, and protect yourself against issues like jawbone resorption, that can affect those who have suffered tooth loss.
Preventing Tooth Loss Is Important To Sustaining Your Oral Health
Dr. Calcagno and our team at Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry take the risk for losing teeth seriously. Expert care for your teeth and gums will help you maintain a healthy mouth, as will regular preventive care at your dentist’s office. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our staff welcome and serve patients and their families from Rochester, MN, as well as Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding areas.