Gum disease can be devastating if it is left untreated and can contribute to a variety of serious health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illnesses, weakened immune system, and pregnancy and birth-related complications. As if these adverse effects weren’t enough, gum disease can have a detrimental effect on your smile as well:
Contributes to Tooth Decay
Gum disease involves a buildup of harmful bacteria that release damaging acids continuously. These acids weaken the tooth enamel and eat away at the tooth’s surface, resulting in cavities and decay. In turn, the decay contributes to even more bacteria, and a vicious, continuous cycle ensues until treatment occurs. Tooth decay is detrimental to your smile’s appearance and your oral health.
Causes the Gums to Recede
Gum disease results in a progressive loss of gum tissue and bone structure. As the gums recede, your teeth can begin to appear unnaturally long and unhealthy. In addition to aesthetic issues, this new exposure of the tooth’s root can cause great pain and sensitivity. Further still, the teeth may become loose and may shift out of a place.
Results in Tooth Loss
Severe gum disease may cause your teeth to fall out or may make it necessary to extract teeth due to advanced decay. When this happens, the only options for restoring your smile’s appearance are artificial teeth or dental implants. Missing front teeth are the most noticeable with regard to your smile, but missing back teeth can cause problems as well. Missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw, which can ultimately change the appearance of not only your smile, but of your entire face as well.
Fortunately, gum disease is very treatable in its earliest stages, and therapies exist to control advanced gum disease. Contact us at Colorado Advanced Dentistry to learn about your treatment options, including LANAP laser gum treatment. Call (720) 420-1103 today for more information or to schedule your appointment.