I am suffering from advanced gum disease and bone loss around many of my teeth. My teeth are shifting and my gums bleed when I brush my teeth. What are my treatment options?
It sounds like you are in the progressive stages of periodontal disease most commonly known as gum disease. Periodontal disease occurs usually from poor oral hygiene habits as well as not going to the dentist for your dental cleanings every six months however can also be hereditary. Treatment options can vary depending on the severity of the disease. The first thing you will need to do is go to the dentist for an evaluation to see if your gum disease can be treated and kept under control. If it can be controlled scaling and root planing will be preformed first. This procedure entails your teeth to be thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line with a local anesthetic to remove all the tarter and bacteria from your teeth and root surfaces which controls the progression of the disease.
After you have healed from this treatment your dentist will evaluate your teeth to see if and where bone grafting is needed to stabilize your teeth. If your bone loss is severe around some of your teeth and mobility is noticeable you may have to have them extracted to prevent the disease from spreading to the next tooth. If teeth need to be extracted and the bone levels are stabilized you may be a candidate for dental implants or dental bridges to fill in where you had teeth extracted. We advise you to visit a dentist soon for a consultation because periodontal disease not only affects our teeth it also affects are general health and relationship with heart disease and diabetes.
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