When you look in the mirror and you realize that you have puffy gums, the very last thing on your mind probably includes worrying about losing your teeth. However, you may wonder: Should this be a concern? Should it come to mind? While we certainly don’t want you to feel overwhelmed and frantic about the worst possible consequence of each and every oral health related symptom you experience, our Ankeny, IA team does want you to keep this is mind! There is a very real connection between gum disease and tooth loss, so strive to keep gums healthy!
When Puffy Gums Mean Gum Disease
First, recognize that puffy gums often mean you are dealing with gum disease. This isn’t always the case, as inflammation may arise due an oral allergy, due to eating foods that are far too hot, and more! However, when the symptom persists or is accompanied by other signs of gingivitis, then we remind you: It’s best to schedule a dental checkup right away, to find out what’s going on!
Treating It Or Neglecting The Problem
Now, when you meet with our friendly team about your puffy gums and what’s happening, if it’s the early stages of gum disease, you will know by the end of your appointment. We will also suggest you visit us for periodontal treatment very soon, so the problem does not have the change to progress or cause damage. At this point, it’s up to you: You may follow through to receive treatment or you might choose to ignore the problem. Unfortunately, if you ignore it, the disease will progress, which means it’s going to get worse.
Dealing With Serious Destruction
What you may only just be realizing about the progression of gum disease that begins with puffy gums is that it can cause the destruction of your every oral tissue! From gums to ligaments, the path of destruction can become serious. In short: You may end up with tooth loss. Hoping to avoid this extreme problem? No worries! Come in for checkups, agree to treatments we suggest, and you’ll be A-OK.
Good News: It’s Repairable!
So, what happens if you end up losing teeth due to gum problems or otherwise? Are you stuck with this problem forever? The answer is that we can certainly help you replace teeth with prosthetic dentistry!
Avoid Serious Damage By Treating Gum Disease
Treat gum disease the moment you’re aware of it by coming to our practice and agreeing to treatment. Remember that treating it can reverse it but neglecting it can lead to serious damage! We look forward to treating you! Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.