Recognizing How Gum Disease Can Lead To Tooth Loss

recognizing-how-gum-disease-can-lead-to-tooth-lossIf gum disease is not addressed in time, your periodontal condition can be difficult to address without help from your periodontist. More serious cases can involve a recession of your gum line, or the formation of periodontal pockets that allow bacteria to gather. Gum disease can also lead to the destruction of tissue surrounding the bases of your teeth. At its most destructive, gum disease can loosen teeth to the point that you have to have them extracted. They may even fall out on their own. A timely intervention from your periodontist can save you from losing teeth. If it is determined that it is too late for a tooth (or teeth) to be saved, you can benefit from a dental implant.

Responding To Tissue Damage That Can Rob You Of Tooth Support

Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) and Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) are procedures that foster regrowth of the supportive tissues that keep teeth in place. Your periodontist can use these treatments to help protect you against tooth loss. Biocompatible barrier membranes encourage this regrowth, to help you have what you lost to a severe periodontal infection.

Using Dental Implants To Address Existing Tooth Loss

Unfortunately, some patients will not be able to receive the help they need in time to save their natural teeth. Your periodontist can offer support for a dental prosthetic with a dental implant. The implant will behave like your tooth root once did, providing a connection between the restoration and your jawbone. Even if you have suffered total tooth loss, All-on-4 implant bridges can offer you the prosthetic support you need.


Dr. Joseph Everett and the team at High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry provide an array of treatments designed to improve oral health and even replace missing teeth. His office serves the residents of Lubbock and surrounding West Texas communities. To schedule an appointment email or call 806-686-1262.