After losing a tooth, you are left with an open socket that has no job. This can cause all sorts of problems in your mouth. If you leave a socket open in your mouth, even for a short period of time, while struggling with gum disease, the gum disease can spread to the socket.
This can leave you not only in pain, but it could also cause the socket to disintegrate. If you ever go through losing a tooth, make sure you get something to replace the lost tooth as soon as possible.
The Effects of Tooth Loss on Your Mouth
Losing a tooth has a ripple effect on your mouth. Not only does your mouth have to deal with the trauma of the lost tooth, it also has to keep up with the healing aspect while trying to keep the rest of your mouth healthy.
If your mouth is trying to stay healthy while dealing with gum disease, then you need to have a tooth extracted, this means your mouth isn't as strong defensively. That gives your gum disease the chance to spread.
The easiest place for your gum disease to go following an extraction is right into the already sensitive tissues that are trying to heal. Since they are inflamed, the disease can easily work its way into those tissues.
Then, your entire socket could wind up struggling with gum disease. This could cause the gum tissue to recede, and the bone of the socket to reabsorb into the jaw. Then, you may not have enough jaw tissue left to restore that tooth with another option down the line.
To find out more about what to do when you need an extraction while battling gum disease, give us a call. We can help you get the healthiest mouth possible.