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Losing Teeth to Gum Absorption?

Posted on 12/30/2016 by Doctor Southard
A patients teeth suffering from gum disease.
Your teeth require more than your jawbone to stay in place. They also require healthy gums. When your gums absorb, or recede, your teeth can become loose and even fall out.

If you are losing your teeth to gum recession, there are things you can do.

Causes of Recession

Gum recession can be caused by several different factors.

•  Periodontal disease, a more advanced stage of gum disease, is a bacterial infection that destroys not only gum tissue, but teeth and bone all at the same time.
•  You can also lose gum tissue to aggressive tooth brushing.
•  Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on teeth as well as your gums receding.
•  Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of your teeth, not only wears away at your enamel, it causes your gums to recede and your teeth to become loose.
•  Even genetics and hormones can play a role.

Treating Gum Recession

Gum recession can be treated in a number of ways. For less severe cases, scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning of your teeth both on the surface and under the gums, can remove plaque and tartar buildup and make it difficult for bacteria to reattach.

If recession is more serious, a surgical procedure may be required. Gum graft procedures can restore your gums and protect your teeth. Tissue is either taken from under the roof of your mouth, directly from the roof of your mouth or from surrounding gum tissue and stitched over the affected areas.

Dealing with Tooth Loss

If you have suffered tooth loss, one of the best ways to prevent bone loss and restore your ability to eat and speak properly is by dental implants. Implants are titanium rods that are surgically placed in your jawbone and left to fuse. The rods act as roots on which false teeth sit, preventing bone loss and restoring your smile.

Gum absorption, or recession can lead to severe issues, including tooth loss. After treatment, it is important that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine in order to prevent the same situation from occurring again. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily and always visit your dentist at least twice a year. In doing so, you can ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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