Implants: Filling the Toothless Gap
There’s more to a healthy mouth than just a pretty smile. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly one in three U.S. adults ages 30 to 54 and half of adults ages 55 to 90 have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone supporting the teeth. As the disease destroys gum tissue and bone, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
But you don’t have to suffer in silence with a toothless grin; dental implants are a great tooth replacement option. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in place. Implants typically take two to six months for the bone and implant to bond together to form anchors. During this time, a removable temporary tooth replacement can be worn over the implant site. Research has advanced to the point where in some cases an implant can be placed immediately following tooth extraction.
So, are you wondering if you could be suffering from periodontal disease and are a potential candidate for an implant? The warning signs of periodontal disease include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, you should see your dentist or a periodontist, who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the tissue surrounding the teeth.
You don’t want to sacrifice a full smile, do you?