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After a Tooth is Pulled, is Gum Disease Still a Concern?


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Dr. Dennison
A patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
At first, gum disease is sneaky. You may not even know you have it. Untreated, it advances quickly, and starts to destroy your jawbone and teeth.

If it progresses too far, teeth can become loose, and you may even need to have them pulled. But after your teeth are pulled, is gum disease still a concern?

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. At this stage, bacteria have infected your gums, causing redness and inflammation. You may notice some bleeding when you brush and floss. As it progresses, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. Bacteria have fallen below the gum line, which has pulled away from the teeth, and are attacking teeth and your jawbone.

Your gums begin to recede and your teeth become loose as the jawbone weakens. If a tooth becomes too severely infected, it may need to be pulled.

Treating Gum Disease

Just because a tooth has been removed, that doesn't mean that your gum disease problems are over. In fact, there's a good chance that other teeth are still at risk. This is because the bacteria don't come out with the pulled tooth.

Plenty still remains hidden below the gum line attacking the bone and surrounding teeth. Depending upon the severity of your gum disease, you may need scaling and root planing, periodontal maintenance or even periodontal surgery.

Preventing Future Issues
Gum disease treatment does not make you immune to getting gum disease again. Once the affected tooth is removed and gum disease treated, you still need to take preventative measures to keep your mouth healthy. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque, food particles and bacteria.

Floss daily to get the hard to reach spaces between teeth and just below the gum line. An antibacterial mouthwash can also be rather useful. And don't forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and exams.

Just because a tooth affected by gum disease is extracted does not mean that you are in the clear. Gum disease can still be a major concern. If you have any questions or concerns, contact our office today.

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