Do you have loose teeth? Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of missing teeth in adults. Loose teeth can also be the result of decay or injury, so if you are experiencing this symptom you should seek immediate treatment. Dr. Thomas A. Bissell performs treatments to save adult teeth and improve the health of your gums.
Treatments That May Save Adult Teeth
Antibiotic therapy can be used for mild to moderate periodontal disease in combination with deep cleanings to improve and maintain the health of your gums.
Grafting procedures can be performed to restore gum tissue and bone density. Gum grafts may be performed to replace the gum tissue that has receded while bone grafts can restore any bone volume that was lost as a result of your periodontal disease, helping to save adult teeth. The loss of gum tissue and bone are key contributors to missing teeth in adults.
It may seem counterintuitive, but tooth replacement can be used to save adult teeth. This is due to the fact that your teeth need each other to stay healthy. Your lower and upper teeth rely upon the opposing force to keep them in place. Without contact your teeth may loosen, so if you ignore missing teeth in adults and neglect to replace them, it may create difficulties with your other teeth.
Tooth Replacement for Missing Teeth in Adults
Dr. Bissell specializes in implant dentistry to replace missing teeth in adults. If your teeth are visibly moving, it may be too late to save them. This is generally the result of severely damaged connective fiber and bone. Dr. Bissell regards tooth extraction to be a last resort, preferring to save adult teeth if at all possible. However, if your teeth are hopeless, extractions can eliminate some of the pain and discomfort, preparing the way for dental implants or dentures. Call Dr. Bissell today and schedule your consultation regarding treatment for loose teeth or tooth replacement options.