Tooth loss can occur as a result of injury, decay, or infection. However, the most common reason for tooth loss and bone loss is advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Thomas Kintonis in Las Vegas, NV treat periodontal disease and in severe cases, such as when teeth have been lost, provide high quality replacement options with dental implants.
Bone Loss and Loose Teeth Are Gum Disease Symptoms
Initial gum disease symptoms include inflamed or bleeding gums. Without treatment, these seemingly harmless signs of periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, loose teeth, and the destruction of the connective fibers that hold your teeth in place. The bone that supports your teeth will begin to deteriorate and your teeth can be lost as a result of this infection.
The Consequences of Bone and Tooth Loss
Teeth play a large role in the breakdown and delivery of nutrition to the body. Without your teeth, you may be relegated to a soft food diet, a restricted diet, or one that does not provide you with the nutrients that your body needs.
Tooth loss begets more tooth loss. The contact between your opposing teeth actually serves to keep them in place. This is also true of surrounding teeth which present a barrier to movement. The absence of a tooth can cause adjacent teeth to shift and move to fill the space. This is why tooth replacement is crucial even when only one tooth is lost.
Tooth loss also acts as a catalyst for bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate at the site. This process degrades the jaw bone and can eventually alter the facial structure. This may manifest in a sunken, hollow look and a receding chin.
Schedule Your Consultation to Evaluate Your Gum Disease Symptoms
If you are suffering with loose teeth, bleeding gums, or other gum disease symptoms, contact our office in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your evaluation with Dr. Thomas Kintonis. Early treatment of your periodontal disease can help to prevent loose teeth and bone loss.