Have your gums ever been sore or bleeding? The gums, ligaments, and bones that support your teeth might become infected and swollen due to periodontal disease. Knowing the causes, treatments, and precautions for gum disease is critical to safeguard your oral and general health.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal, “around the tooth,” refers to infection and inflammation of the gums, ligaments, or bone surrounding your teeth. The severity of periodontal disease can vary. Gingivitis is one of the early phases, where the infection only affects your gums, causing them to swell, get red, and occasionally bleed. If detected early enough, gingivitis is curable, and its effects can be reversed.
What Are The Causes Of Periodontal Disease?
- Plaque, a thick layer of bacteria that builds up on gums and teeth and is removed every day by brushing, flossing, and rinsing, is the primary factor in the development of gum disease.
- Smoking disrupts the natural functioning of the cells in your gum tissue, leaving your mouth more susceptible to diseases like gum disease.
- Some medications may cause adverse effects that decrease saliva flow and production, leaving you with a dry mouth and making it easier for bacteria to spread.
- Teeth frequently rotate, overlap, or become crooked. However, because misalignments increase the number of areas where plaque can accumulate and damage your teeth and gums, a crowded mouth can be a breeding ground for gum disease.
What Are The Reasons For Tooth Extraction?
- The most frequent cause of tooth removal is tooth decay. A root canal infection occurs when the germs reach the tooth’s pulp or center. The extent of the condition and damage increases as the patient continues without therapy. Our oral surgeons may advise extraction and tooth restoration if the decay has reached the point where saving the tooth is no longer an option.
- The orthodontic treatment plan for a patient may include tooth extraction. The orthodontist may advise the removal of permanent teeth if the patient’s teeth are incredibly crowded.
- Untreated gum disease can harm teeth just as much as tooth decay does. Gum tissue, ligaments, and the bone that supports the teeth deteriorate in the advanced stages of gum disease. The teeth grow loose when their supporting structures degenerate. The teeth may eventually need to be extracted in addition to receiving gum disease and tooth replacement therapy, or gum disease may eventually cause the teeth to fall out on their own.
- On impacted teeth, tooth extraction and wisdom teeth removal can be done.
- If a tooth fractures at or close to the gum line, there might not be enough visible tooth structure left to attach a dental crown. The tooth may need to be extracted in certain circumstances.
Will Tooth Extraction Cure Periodontal Disease?
It is crucial to realize that tooth extractions do not effectively treat or cure gum disease. However, extractions could be essential to your comprehensive treatment strategy to restore oral health. Gum disease is an infection of the gums rather than a tooth infection. If the tissue surrounding the teeth has been severely harmed by gum disease, extractions may be required. In such circumstances, the gums and bones that support the teeth may recede to the point where your teeth become loose. Food may be challenging for you to chew, and it will be simpler than ever for bacteria and food particles to gather in the spaces between your teeth and gums. Removing the teeth can improve your comfort and serve as a first step in the fight against gum disease.
The bacteria that cause gum disease release toxins that eventually harm the teeth’s supporting gums and bones. As a result, the afflicted tissues and bones become looser, leading to tooth loss and possibly the need for extraction. Contact our dental office for more information on tooth extractions and periodontal treatment.