The specific way in which gum disease develops isn’t typically complicated. It starts with an infection in your gums (known as gingivitis) that grows progressively worse until it becomes a systemic threat to the health and integrity of your gum tissues. However, the specific reasons why gum disease is such a threat, and why it should worry you if you have it, can have far more complex implications for both your oral and your systemic wellbeing.
Once you have it, it will stay
When treating gum disease, the most appropriate treatment depends largely on how severe your gum disease has become by the time you seek treatment for it. For example, in the early stages of gingivitis, treatment can involve scaling and root planing, or periodontal cleaning, to remove the oral bacteria that have accumulated underneath your gum tissues. If your gum disease is more advanced and has caused significant damage to your gums, then you may also require ongoing periodontal maintenance to keep the disease and tissue damage from progressing further. However, it’s important to remember that in many cases, gum disease doesn’t completely go away, and continued maintenance is essential to your continued good oral health.
Gum disease often leads to tooth loss
When gum disease is allowed to progress into its more serious stages, it can lead to significantly high risks of tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction. This is because the disease focuses on eroding the gum tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth roots, which can leave your teeth loose and without enough support. Before long, one or more teeth might fall out due to the lack of support, or you might have to extract the tooth and replace it after restoring your healthy gums and jawbone structure.
Gum inflammation can become a health risk
The loss of one or more teeth can be one of the most serious concerns with gum disease. In addition to the disease’s progression, the loss of a tooth and its root can also have negative impacts on the future of your oral health. However, tooth loss isn’t the only long-term concern with gum disease. The inflammation that ravages your periodontal tissues can also become a threat to your immune system’s effectiveness and your overall systemic health. This inflammation is one of the main reasons why patients who exhibit long-term, severe gum disease also exhibit higher risks of developing inflammatory health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.
Learn how to save your smile from gum disease
If it remains a problem long enough, gum disease can create several additional, potentially serious concerns with your oral and overall health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.