Gum Disease and Dental Implants: What You Should Know

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You probably understand that gum disease is a serious issue that you should try to avoid. Fortunately, you may be able to avoid gum disease by brushing, flossing, and scheduling an appointment with our dentist every six months. However, even if you do brush, floss, and visit our dentist, you may still find yourself with gum disease. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent the issues caused by gum disease.

Still, untreated gum disease might actually cause several serious problems. To make matters worse, if untreated, gum disease itself can become more serious. For example, gum disease can lead to recurring bad breath, sensitive teeth, and sore and sensitive gums. Gum disease might even affect the bone that is responsible for holding your teeth in place. This can lead to premature tooth loss and to shifting teeth.

Luckily, if you clean your teeth well, you may be able to reverse gum disease. However, did you know that implants might help you counter the loss of bone structure? You see, implants are placed directly in your bone, which can support bone growth. Similarly, if you’ve lost one or more of your teeth because of gum disease, an implant will restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably.

If you’d like to learn more about preventing or treating gum disease, please feel free to give Rivereast Dental Group a call at 860.295.9536. Our dentist, Dr. Douglas Doran, and the rest of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re excited to meet with you soon.