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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.

While missing a tooth can be an embarrassing problem, missing teeth can actually lead to a number of serious complications. For instance, did you know that missing teeth can change your bite? 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.

Preventing these issues now is better than having to address them in the future. As such, we recommend visiting our team twice a year for a routine exam and checkup. Our team is trained to recognize signs of gum disease and help you overcome the issue before it becomes too severe. Still, if you lose a tooth—whether to gum disease or another issue—please remember to consider a dental restoration. Our team will be happy to examine the state of your smile and determine which of these restorations could be your best option. Luckily, all of these restorations are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about gum disease or dealing with a lost tooth, we invite you to contact OC Smiles Solutions at 949.558.0111. Dr. Sean Thompson 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.