While teeth are constructed to have a slight give, loose teeth caused by periodontal disease feel quite different than healthy teeth. They have lost the supportive fibers and tissue that held them in place and may exhibit great movement or even shift their position. Loose teeth leads to tooth loss. Intervention by a professional is the only way to save your natural teeth. Dr. Loren Frumker in Mentor, OH can treat the underlying cause of your loose teeth and swollen gums and recommend a course of action for replacement, if necessary.
Periodontal Disease Can Cause Loose Teeth
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease infect the gum tissues, causing bleeding and swollen gums. The gums pull away from the teeth, creating deep pockets that accumulate greater amounts of plaque and bacteria. Without treatment, periodontal disease can flourish, damaging the connective fibers, gum tissues, and bone. Your teeth move due to this loss of attachment.
Why Must I Worry About Loose Teeth?
Teeth are crucial to your health and self-esteem. They are necessary for nutrition, bone health, and clear speech. The loss of even one tooth can change the way you look, talk, and eat. It can also lead to more tooth loss. This is due to the fact that teeth rely upon the presence of other teeth to hold them in place. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth will move to span the space left by the missing tooth.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
There are many successful treatments available, even in the later stages of periodontal disease. Once a tooth has been lost, however, it is imperative to replace it immediately. Dr. Frumker offers several replacement options, including dental implants which provide the most natural look and feel of any of the tooth replacement methods.
When swollen gums and loose teeth are the result of periodontal disease, schedule a consultation with Dr. Frumker in Mentor, OH. We can provide a screening for periodontal disease and inform you of your treatment options.