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Do You Have Tooth Loss

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Periodontal disease (once called pyorrhea) refers to the inflammation and loss of the gums and the supporting tissues of the teeth, and is the major cause of tooth loss. it is paradoxical that tooth loss is caused more often by trouble with the gums than by trouble with the tooth.

The ADA states that more than half of the population over the age of eighteen shows signs of the early stage of periodontal disease. Yet the of treatment Periodontal disease is often neglected by many dentists who should, and usually do, know better.

A special tragedy of periodontal disease is that it frequently causes the loss of perfectly sound, decay free teeth. “The teeth are fine, but the gums gotta go” has become a cliche because it so often true.

In addition to being a leading cause of tooth loss, periodontal disease also results in pain, mouth odors, an unattractive mouth, and a general sense of not feeling yew well. In advanced cases the gums can be swollen, red, and ooze pus, which is continuously swallowed.

Periodontal disease is usually characterized by chronic discomfort rather than sharp acute pain, but when the infection around the teeth and under the gums gets beyond the body’s to control, severe painful swellings (periodontal abscesses) can erupt. Teeth with gum disease are often sensitive to cold and may be quite loose.

Many people exhibit these symptoms in spite of going to a dentist routinely, never knowing the relief that proper treatment can afford them until it is too late, and the teeth are lost. The major cause of periodontal disease is neglect, either by the patient who fails to properly and regularly clean his teeth or by the dentist who ignores the warning signs of disease and performs  exams and cleanings.

The gums, jawbone, and ligaments that connect the teeth to the jawbone are called the periodontal tissues. Disease and destruction of any part of these tissues lead to loosening and eventual loss of the affected teeth. The disease takes a rather predictable course, starting with bleeding gums and advancing to swollen, inflamed, and painful gums, ending with loosening teeth and then tooth loss.

Although nearly all people with periodontal disease go through these stages. often they are unaware that they even have the disease until it’s too late. That is because the symptoms are slow and almost undetectable until the destruction is advanced.

Of course, these symptoms are not undetectable to the good dentist who examines for bone loss by probing the gums and taking X rays, and carefully checks for inflammation and infection. There are rare instances, however, where the disease suddenly affects an area of the mouth despite careful home care by the patient and competent care by the dentist.

In such cases the course of the disease is usually atypical, affecting just one or a few teeth.

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