Why Save A Tooth That Isn’t Visible In A Smile?

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

The leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. is Periodontal (gum) Disease. Yet, our general population is largely unaware of this. Although treating gum disease requires less time and expense in its early stages, the expertise of a Periodontist to treat all stages of gum disease can often save teeth for those who even have advanced stages.

As a Periodontal Specialist, our ultimate goal is to restore your mouth to a healthy state, helping you avoid tooth loss and the health risk of inflammation throughout your entire body. While some general dentists may see a tooth as “hopeless,” we are often able to save many teeth from extraction. Why is it so important to save your natural teeth?

There is a domino effect with tooth loss. Once you lose a natural tooth, studies show the next one lost will be an adjacent tooth, and so on. Replacing teeth can be an expensive process, even for denture and partial wearers. While dentures and partials may seem a less-costly method, over time, they can cause devastating health problems. Not only will biting and chewing become more difficult, your overall health declines after tooth loss.

Denture wears tend to take more medications, avoid social gatherings, and have more gastro-intestinal problems than those with their natural teeth. It is estimated that denture wearers die at an age that is ten years younger than those with their own teeth, on average.

Make every effort possible to save your natural teeth. This begins with keeping a healthy mouth and maintaining regular dental cleanings. When a tooth cannot be saved, replacing it with Dental Implants is your wisest investment. Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime and are the closest thing to your own, natural teeth.

Keep in mind that there is a good reason your dentist doesn’t wear dentures (and never will!). Saving a tooth is worth all you can give it. Before giving in to removal, see a Periodontal Specialist. You may find your tooth is anything but “hopeless.”

Call (828) 274-9440 for more information or to arrange a Consultation appointment.

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