Gums Change Even with a Single Missing Tooth

While some people do not think that a single missing tooth is a big deal when it comes to the health of their gums, they are wrong. The following information provides further details why this is not the case.

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What Happens to Your Gums When a Tooth Is Lost?

Tooth loss, in most cases, results from gum disease. When the gums become irritated, because of the infection, they begin to pull away from the teeth. This creates a void in which bacteria build up. When bacteria accumulate beneath the gums, they begin to attack the jawbone as well as the structures that support the teeth. This leads to tooth mobility and loss. Trauma may cause tooth loss as well. When the gum no longer can hold a tooth, it starts to shrink back and begins to thin at the site of the lost tooth. In turn, the surrounding teeth are also affected. The gums may recede against the teeth and expose more of the tooth’s surface and, in some instances, part of the root. When this happens, the risk of tooth decay increases as does sensitivity.

How Gum Changes Further Affect Your Oral Health

Not only does the gum shrink and become thinner after a tooth is lost, the teeth next to the space may shift, or a tooth may move into the gap created by the missing tooth. If this occurs, it can lead to alignment problems and issues with TMJ. Therefore, a missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible. Not only is it good for the health of your gums, it will also improve your facial profile. Otherwise, the gums will continue to shrink, and also affect the jaw line.

Would you like to know more about tooth loss and gum health? If so, contact us immediately for a full comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE). By taking this exam, we can determine the health of your gums and the extent of periodontal disease. Don’t neglect the care of your teeth and gums. Doing so will only make matters worse.