Your dentist just told you that you have gum disease, but you have other things on your mind. That broken tooth for instance; it’s nearly chipped in half and is going to need a crown over it to be able to chew on that side of your mouth again. For some reason though, your dentist is stressing that you address your periodontal disease first; even though it doesn’t seem to be bothering you. Here are 3 reasons it’s time to listen to what your dentist has to say:
Gum Disease Destroys the Stability of Your Teeth
If you have gum disease, that means there is an infection going on around your teeth. This infection causes swelling, bleeding, gum detachment, and even bone loss. As bone structure is lost, the teeth lose their stability. Moderate to severe periodontitis will cause mobility and eventually the teeth to fall out. Why is it worth investing in a restoration like a crown or filling if the tooth won’t even stay in?
Inflamed Tissue Can Compromise the Aesthetics of Your Restorations
Let’s say you need something like a full coverage porcelain crown. The crown must be fitted and adjusted around the tooth as well as against the gumlines. If gum infections are present, it is difficult to create a properly fitting restoration. Once that infection goes away, you might be left with unsightly margins that don’t look natural at all.
Your Health is Important
Your smile is important, but your overall health is too. Unmanaged periodontal disease can make conditions like diabetes or heart disease even worse than they already are. Eliminating this infection from your mouth is the first step to overall health.
Do you have swollen gums that bleed when you brush and floss? Call your dentist today.
Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
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