It's possible to save your teeth from periodontal disease if you detect signs and symptoms early or if you visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Let the condition progress unhindered and tooth loss should be considered an contingency. If you have advanced periodontal disease (periodontitis), treatments are available to help you save your teeth. However, time is of the essence, as tooth loss is imminent when serious gum disease is allowed to progress.
If you have exposed roots due to gum recession caused by gum disease, gum grafts may cover them. The dentist takes gum tissue from the palate or other source and uses it to cover the roots of one or more teeth. Covering exposed roots helps reduce sensitivity and protects roots from decay while stopping gum recession and bone loss. Dentures are generally recommended for those who have lost most of their teeth due to gum disease.
Dentures rest on the user's gums and restore the appearance and function of lost teeth. Dentures are also the most economical way to replace missing teeth and can be combined with implants to preserve the patient's jawbone. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Teeth feel loose and can make eating a problem.