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Dentists in Telford advise: Why are we losing teeth? – Problem with Gums

These days tooth loss, due to the ravages of decay, is experienced less and less at our Practice

Hopefully, we believe, those days have gone for good.

Regrettably it is gum disease and trauma that appear to be our main causes of tooth loss and need for teeth replacement with dental implants, dentures or bridges.

I shall deal with accidental tooth loss in later in the blog but here concentrate on gum related problems.

In simple terms, inflammation of the gums is mainly due to dental plaque accumulation, resulting from poor oral hygiene and it will eventually cause valuable bone to disappear from around the roots of teeth and dental implants. This, together with the loss of ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone, results in mobility and abscess development. Gum pockets develop as a result of this loss.

At our Practice we realise how important it is to prevent premature tooth loss through gum disease and have in place a special protocol to maintain gum health.

What do we do?

At first we check, measure and record gum pockets, as necessary, at every 6 month Oral Health Assessment.

We give a full explanation of the the situation, sometimes using computer animations. This can help patients understand a problem clearly and how it can be improved.

Once assessed we can then provide a customised hygiene appointment as necessary. Our Hygienists are highly trained to provide quality care and to monitor subsequent change.

Our Gum health protocol has resulted in a very good response from our patients. We sense that they really appreciate the time spent looking at the health of their gums and it is truly gratifying to all concerned when improvements are made.

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