Diseases of the tooth and mouth are already severe issues themselves, but if they spread to the gums, really serious complications may be expected. Periodontal diseases, which are diseases affecting the gums, develop when inflammation spreads to the bone below the gum line. It all starts with the spread of bacteria in the mouth.
Gum disease may have a number of side effects, one of the most serious issues being tooth loss. In our article, we wish to provide some information about gum diseases and the removal of affected teeth.
The nature of gum disease
7 out of 10 people develop dental diseases in their lifetime, so we are talking about a well-known, common problem. In fact, it is not the disease of the gums itself that is a danger at first, but the fact that many do not pay proper attention to this condition. If not treated in time, the initial illness of the gums (gingivitis) may progress to a more severe stage (periodontitis) over time, which can later turn into a final stage of a severe gum disease. The first two stages are still somewhat treatable; however, the final stage of gum disease already requires much more complex treatment.
In such cases, teeth are already in danger, since bone-thinning around the teeth has already begun and the issue can be solved by surgical intervention, only. In the end, it may even be necessary to remove the tooth.
Tooth removal in case of gum disease
If a tooth has become loose as a result of the disease and needs treatment, this means that bacteria causing gum disease have already spread to the tooth in question. In such a case, both the tooth and surrounding bone are infected, and unfortunately this condition may spread to the adjacent teeth. To prevent this, affected tooth must be removed and you should not wait for it to fall out by itself (since this already indicates an extremely serious condition).
In more severe cases, the tooth is so loose that it could fall out on its own, which is a warning sign that immediate intervention is needed. If the tooth has not yet fallen out on its own, it means that it has not yet separated from the bone, so the infection can still be stopped. In such a case, the tooth is removed in several parts to stop the spread of the infection.
To prevent this issue
Naturally, like most dental issues, gum disease and the discomfort that comes with it can be easily prevented by adopting good oral hygiene habits and with regular dental check-ups. It is highly recommended to present for these check-ups even if you do not experience any complaints, as many issues go unnoticed before entering a more serious stage, so it is worth discovering them in time and stopping them without major interventions.
If you feel that we can help you prevent and treat gum disease, please contact our colleagues and book an appointment now to our clinic for a thorough dental screening.