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What have you heard about gum disease? You may have heard that gum disease could lead to sensitive teeth, bad breath, and even pain in your gums. But did you know that it could also cause missing teeth? You see, if bacteria builds up on your teeth, it can irritate your gum line. If this happens, pockets of bacteria can form—which leads to infections which can affect your tooth’s root and the connective tissues that keep your teeth rooted to your jaw.

If you have a missing tooth, you could have to cope with a number of serious issues, including the embarrassment that may come from having an imperfect smile. For example, you may know that missing teeth can make simple tasks, such as chewing, speaking, and eating, much more difficult.  Similarly, if you have missing teeth, the way you bite down could change. This can eventually affect the way your jaw closes, which can even lead to TMJ disorder. Individuals with missing teeth can experience jawbone deterioration, which can also lead to bone loss.

There are a number of options you can consider for addressing these issues, including dental implants, dentures, and bridges. Our team will be happy to examine the state of your smile and determine which of these restorations could be your best option. All of these restorations are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. And remember that you can typically prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist about every six months.

If you’re interested in learning more about gum disease or dealing with a lost tooth, we invite you to contact Star Dental at 916.773.6222. Dr. Sonny Ashfar and our entire team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to hear from you soon.