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Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

Healthy tooth vs. one affected by gum diseaseThe goal of professional dental care is to help patients preserve their oral health. Unfortunately, there are many dental problems that can compromise the health of the teeth and increase the risk of tooth loss.

One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease, or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease compromises the health of the gum tissues, which leaves the teeth without a secure foundation.

At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, Dr. Miles Mason discusses how gum disease causes tooth loss, and how we can restore our The Woodlands, TX, and Conroe, TX patients’ oral health.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease sounds scary, but it is actually a pretty common oral health concern. Gum disease develops when bacteria accumulate along the gum line and into the delicate soft tissues. Bacteria infect the gum tissues, leading to symptoms such as swelling, tenderness, redness, and bleeding.

When gum disease is diagnosed and treated early, no further complications should develop. However, without treatment, the health and structure of the smile can be compromised.

How Does Gum Disease Damage the Teeth?

Since gum disease directly affects the soft tissues of the gum line, many people mistakenly believe that it won’t affect the health of their teeth. However, the gums act as a foundation for the teeth, so anything that affects the gums can have an impact on the teeth.

Specifically, advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss. As gum disease progresses, the gum line will begin to recede. Pockets of space form around the base of the teeth. These periodontal pockets leave the teeth without ample support and security.

If the pockets get deep and large enough, the teeth can become loose and unstable. Eventually, gum disease can result in tooth loss.

Preventing Tooth Loss Associated with Gum Disease

Gum disease is a slow, progressive condition. As long as a patient schedules dental exams and cleanings on a regular basis, the infection can be diagnosed and treated before it ever becomes advanced enough to cause tooth loss.

There are several different periodontal treatments available for patients with gum disease. The specific treatment plan for each patient will vary based on how far advanced the condition has become.

We offer minimally invasive treatment methods, along with more intensive treatments for those with advanced periodontal disease. After gum disease has been treated, it is important for patients to continue to schedule regular dental cleanings. With a thorough dental cleaning once every three months, patients can prevent the reoccurrence of gum disease.

Contact Us

If you are concerned about the health of your gums, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the periodontal services offered at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates. Call our office at (281) 363-2009 to set up an appointment with Dr. Miles Mason.

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Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic.  Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions.  The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience. 

-Brandon G.
The Woodlands, TX