Secrets to Sustaining a Radiant Smile

June 10, 2024

Sometimes, the reason for needing a tooth extraction can be unexpected. Even when a tooth appears healthy with no decay or fillings and hasn't been damaged by injury, it may still need to be removed. The reason for this could have little to do with the health of the tooth itself and more to do with the condition of the tissues that support it.

Understanding Gum Disease: A Silent Threat

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth. It usually starts with plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—building up on the teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this accumulated plaque and tartar can lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis). While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed without causing tissue damage, this is not the case if the disease progresses. Gum disease is a progressive condition that can advance into the deeper supporting structures of the teeth, leading to periodontitis.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

One major concern with gum disease is the potential for tooth loss. This situation is not uncommon. According to recent statistics, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

As untreated and neglected gingivitis progresses into a more advanced stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection associated with it worsen, resulting in damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place. Without proper intervention, these structures continue to weaken and diminish. Teeth may become loose and eventually need extraction or even fall out on their own. Due to its painless nature in its early stages, gum disease has earned a reputation as a silent threat to oral health.

When Extraction Becomes Necessary

Although our office strives to preserve natural teeth and prevent further damage and infection, sometimes extraction becomes necessary. When making this decision, we consider factors such as tooth mobility, the severity of attachment loss, radiographic bone loss greater than 50%, and other associated factors.

Tooth extraction in the presence of advanced gum disease can provide an opportunity for stopping the infection, allowing tissues to heal, and restoring oral health. Furthermore, with recent research demonstrating increasing links between gum disease and overall health, it's essential to get your periodontal health back on track.

At 25th Street (Fort Pierce), we offer precise, gentle care and partner with every patient to maintain optimal oral health that supports overall wellness. If you need a tooth extracted due to gum disease or another issue, you can trust our office for the skilled treatment that's required. We'll explain every step in care and discuss your options to restore your periodontal health and rebuild a complete and beautiful smile.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction due to gum disease. Our dedicated staff is always ready to provide the information and support you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services!