Can you get new teeth if you have gum disease?

Following gum disease, will I need new teeth?

Gum disease is a major problem that affects thousands of patients every year. Gum disease is caused through excessively consuming food and drink that is bad for your teeth, whilst also failing to achieve a consistent and necessary oral hygiene routine. In these circumstances, decay develops and advances and gum disease can lead to bleeding, swelling, mobility and ultimately breakage or loss of the tooth.

If gum disease isn’t caught early or acted upon you may lose your teeth and subsequently require new, artificial teeth. Depending on circumstances such as how many teeth need to be replaced, your dentist may advise that you need dental implants.

Dental implants are fitted into your gums through a titanium metal post which is fused with your jawbone. From here, the gums are left to heal before a new tooth is added. Dental implants are a popular choice for those who have lost teeth, as they appear indistinguishable from natural teeth.

In order to be eligible for dental implants, your gums will have to be carefully analysed to make sure you have enough bone for the treatment. If not, you may require a bone graft. If you are not able to receive dental implants then your dentist may recommend dentures, which perform a similar job to dentures, but can be removed rather than permanently fused to your bone.

However, the best way to combat gum disease, is to counter it early and regularly brush and floss your natural teeth, to avoid any dental procedures.

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