Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the US, and receding gums are a common first sign that you are at risk. Receding gums allow bacteria to attack the roots of your teeth as well as the bones and ligaments that help hold your teeth in place. This can cause tooth loss, and it may even make it harder to replace teeth with dental implants.
The Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method can restore receding gums to protect your teeth. To learn whether you are a candidate for this procedure, please call (949) 556-4588 or email us today for an appointment at our office in Irvine.
How Receding Gums Can Cause Tooth Loss
Part of the function of your gums is to protect and support your teeth and the bones in your jaw. This soft tissue, although vulnerable to damage, is also capable of rapid regrowth and recovery, making it an excellent first line of defense for teeth and gums that are not able to recover as quickly.
When your gums recede, it exposes your bones and tooth root, which, when damaged, can cause tooth loss.
Receding Gums and Jawbone Damage
In the early stages of gum disease, pockets around your teeth deepen, allowing bacteria to colonize further and further down into the bones around your teeth. Just as the acid they secrete can damage your dental enamel and gum tissue, it can eat away the bones and ligaments that secure your teeth.
In addition to receding gums, the most common sign of this type of damage is loosening of the teeth. If you notice your teeth are loose, it’s time to see a dentist to take care of receding gums because untreated receding gums can cause tooth loss.
Receding Gums and Tooth Root Damage
Have you noticed that your receding gums are exposing part of your tooth that seems to be a different color and texture? That’s the tooth root, and it’s not intended to be seen. It’s a different color and texture because it’s made of a different material, cementum, that’s good for integrating with the jawbone, but not good for resisting damage due to oral bacteria.
With receding gums, the exposed cementum can be attacked by oral bacteria. Cavities in cementum can progress more quickly, and there is less distance for bacteria to travel before they can infect the tooth pulp or nerve.
Once your tooth pulp or nerve has been infected, a root canal is the normal response, but root canals are not recommended if your tooth doesn’t have enough support from the jawbone and gums. As a result, you may have to lose the tooth.
Receding Gums and Dental Implants
Once you lose a tooth, you may want a dental implant to replace it. However, if receding gums have led to damage of the jawbone, you may not be a candidate for dental implants.
It’s best to get treatment for receding gums early before you are in danger of losing teeth. To learn whether the Ravon Gum Rejuvenation Method can help you, please call (949) 556-4588 or contact us today for an appointment at our office in Irvine.