So far, we have been looking at all things “gums” from defining gum disease, causes, risk factors, treatment, and things to expect after having gum treatment.
In this blog we are looking at the consequences of not having gum treatment as well as impact of smoking on gum disease.
The consequences of not having gum treatment include:
1) The disease could get worse than it was
2) Teeth could become loose with gaps appearing between the teeth and teeth drifting
3) Bad breadth which could get worse
4) Teeth and gums could become painful
5) Increased likelihood of losing teeth early
It is worth bearing in mind that sometimes extraction (removal of teeth) may be an acceptable alternative in cases where the disease is severe.
There is the option of exploring replacement for these teeth from dentures, bridges or dental implants as deemed appropriate by your dentist.
Dental implants and bridges are only recommended if the gum disease is no longer active.
It is usually more challenging adapting to replacement teeth especially with eating.
SMOKING AND GUM DISEASE
Smoking has an impact on gum disease.
We usually advice Smoking cessation for those who do.
There are organisations that can assist and offer help with quitting Smoking.
Please speak to your dentist for more information on this.
Smokers who carry on with this habit are:
1) More likely to develop gum disease
2) Find that the gum disease may deteriorate at a much quicker rate
3) The gum disease is less likely to get better after treatment
4) Smokers may also notice a higher tendency for relapse following gum treatment.
Please visit the British Society of Periodontology ( BSP) for additional information and resources.
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