In the past, patients often accepted that losing their teeth was a natural consequence of aging and that a full set of dentures would become inevitable at some point. However, with the changes in dentistry over the years and the knowledge of not only the causes but also the effective treatment of periodontal disease, losing one’s teeth is not a forgone conclusion. With proper dental care, good diet, and careful oral hygiene, most patients can keep their own natural teeth for their whole life.
Periodontal disease is a type of gum disease that slowly destroys the bone which holds the teeth in place and thus causes tooth loss. The difficult thing about this disease is that patients are often unaware that they have periodontal disease as it causes no pain, but this is usually the most common cause of tooth loss. However with proper treatment, periodontal disease can be controlled effectively. Treatment typically involves establishing perfect oral hygiene and regular thorough cleaning by your dentist/hygienist. For patients with periodontal disease, it is imperative to stop the progression of this disease to prevent serious dental health problems in the future.
Bleeding gums and/or wobbly teeth are often signs of periodontal disease. If you experience these symptoms and are concerned that you might have periodontal disease, please speak with one of our expert dentists or hygienists who are all highly experienced in treating this condition.