Gum diseasecan create so many oral health problems, that we often forget to talk about how it changes your bite. When your mouth closes, your teeth should rest together comfortably. For people with a misaligned bite, this is not the case. Misalignment is also referred to as an occlusion and it can be the result of gum disease in Birmingham, AL.
How Gum Disease Causes Occlusion
If you have gum disease, it may not take long for your teeth to loosen and shift in your mouth. This is because infected gum tissue pulls away from the tooth surface and the bacteria destroy the connective tissue, leaving your teeth unsupported. Over time, teeth may be lost to gum disease. Both shifting teeth and tooth loss can create an occlusion. An additional problem is that once teeth are lost, the surrounding teeth begin to move into the space. This process is often prevented with the placement of dental implants to restore the esthetic and function of the smile.
What Can Be Done to Restore Your Smile?
Fortunately, there are many excellent dental treatments to resolve a smile affected by gum disease and occlusion. Your doctor will help you determine the best course of action for your individual needs.
1. First, the infection must be cleared. Gum disease can be treated with traditional gum surgery, known as osseous surgery or with laser gum surgery.
2. Second, your bite must be aligned properly. This may be a matter of replacing old crowns and fillings or even grinding down a bit of enamel to ensure a better bite. If teeth must be moved into alignment, orthodontics may be recommended.
3. Third, any missing teeth must be replaced, either with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
Do you have the symptoms of gum disease in Birmingham, AL? Do not hesitate to call our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leigh Kent. She is an experienced periodontist who can help you restore the health and appearance of your smile with laser gum surgery and dental implants.
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