What may seem like minor bleeding when brushing and flossing may actually lead to serious oral health problems. Bleeding gums is one of the first signs of gum disease, a dangerous oral health problem that can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Dr. Timothy S. Messer offers restorative dentistry treatments to stop the spread of gum disease, reverse dental damage, and restore oral health. To explore your treatment options for gum disease and tooth loss, schedule a consultation at Dr. Messer's Memphis, TN practice.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissue that can spread to the structures supporting the teeth. During the early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums may bleed when brushing and flossing and may appear inflamed and red.
As gum disease progresses to the more advanced stage, called periodontitis, the gums may pull away from the teeth, creating periodontal pockets. Once periodontal pockets form, the spread of gum disease can quickly progress and cause serious dental damage, including tooth loss.
Periodontal pockets are not the only potential cause of tooth loss due to gum disease. Other causes include:
Fortunately, gum disease and tooth loss can be treated. For those who have suffered from tooth loss, dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants can be used to restore dental appearance and function. However, before replacing missing teeth, gum disease must be treated. There are a variety of treatments available to address gum disease and restore gum health. The treatment used will depend on the severity of gum disease and may include one or more of the following treatments:
To learn more about your treatment options for gum disease and tooth loss, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer.
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