Implants are one of the best and safest ways to deal with tooth loss. But what causes tooth loss? well, in some rare cases it might be due to a physical trauma, such as the impact from a traffic accident. But statistically, 66% of implants are placed to tend to the aftereffect of an unattended periodontal disease.
Early detection and preventive measures are fundamental to your oral hygiene; keep an eye out for the following signs to avoid teeth loss and the consequences it encompasses.
Red gums, swelling and bleeding
These are the classical signs of gum inflammation, from the minor gingivitis to the dangerous periodontal disease. Gum diseases are quite common, as they account for 70% of tooth losses in America. Fortunately, it´s usually quite simple to diagnose and treat, a dentist appointment for a full cleaning and a few changes to your routine might be enough to reduce the swelling and cure the disease. If that´s not the case, you might need a thorough examination to determine the cause of your ailment.
Loose teeth and gap widening are a clear signs that a tooth might have to be replaced with implants
Another sign of potential tooth loss and implant replacement are teeth becoming loose, slightly shifting, or the gap between them growing wider. Most of the time this is caused by either gum disease or bone loss. Unfortunately, if it has gotten to this point, it´s probably an advanced stage of periodontal disease (one of the reasons why some dentists call it the silent killer is because you don´t feel it until it’s too late). If you experience any of these symptoms make an appointment immediately.
You are avoiding hard or chewy foods
This might seem silly, but some patients consciously or unconsciously avoid these kinds of food because they find it very painful or uncomfortable to chew. Either case, this might the sign of a cavity, an infection or periodontal disease. Once again, a checkup is necessary to assess what is causing the feeling.
Annual dentist checkup
When was the last time you had an appointment with the dentist? Statistically, less than half the American population commit to regular dental visits. Instead, 1 in 2 people set up appointments only after experiencing symptoms of oral related diseases. While it might seem like a bother, every sign we have spoken of until now can be prevented, assessed and treated by a health professional if only we commit to a dental visit every 6 months.