Gum Disease and Tooth Loss in Thousand Oaks, CA

Tooth and Bone Loss

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Tooth Loss Affects Your Whole Life

Today, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. Gum disease weakens the tissue and bone that keeps the teeth in place. Tooth loss can drastically effect your quality of life by making eating and talking more difficult and by leading to additional bone loss. Dr. Jacqueline Subka in Thousand Oaks, CA wants to make patients aware of the relationship between gum disease and tooth loss.

Missing teeth can make eating very difficult, and proper nutrition is a crucial ingredient in a healthy life. There are obvious difficulties with eating when all or most of your teeth are missing. But even when you are missing one tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift which causes your bite to become misaligned.

There are a number of sounds in the English language that are made by an interaction between the teeth and the tongue. Tooth loss can make these sounds difficult, changing the way you talk and sometimes giving you a lisp. Your voice is a significant part of your first impression and of your overall self-image.

How Periodontal Disease Causes Tooth Loss

If you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease and bone loss in Thousand Oaks, CA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Subka today.

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Gum Disease & Bone Loss in Thousand Oaks, CA

Because gum disease leads to bone loss, it also leads to tooth loss. Once teeth are lost, additional bone deterioration usually occurs. Teeth stimulate the alveolar bone, which is the part of the jaw bone into which the teeth are embedded. When this stimulation is lacking, the bone deteriorates. This can change your facial structure, and eventually it can even make appliances like dentures or dental implants difficult or impossible to use without a bone graft.

Gum disease can have a significant impact on your health and your quality of life. It can change the way you eat, the way you talk, and even change the way your face looks. Do not let this disease go untreated. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include puffy, red gums, gums that frequently or easily bleed, or teeth that are mobile.