You might think dentures will never be an option for you, but they are more prevalent than you think. According to The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, there will be around 38 million adults needing dentures by the year 2020. However, if you practice exceptional oral health techniques and visit the dentist at least twice a year, you can avoid tooth loss. There are a few warning signs you should be aware of that point to you needing dentures in the future.
If a toothache is causing you severe and frequent pain, it is essential that you visit a dentist as soon as possible. Persistent pain is a major sign that tooth decay has hit the nerve of the tooth. Once decay has hit the nerves and pulp of the tooth, it might have to be removed. So, it is important to not avoid a toothache and see a dentist so that you can receive a filling rather than a missing tooth.
Swollen and Red Gums
Red, swollen, and tender gums are common symptoms of gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease which leads to bone and tooth loss. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, gum disease is the cause of around 70 percent of tooth loss. Once a tooth falls out or is removed, it is gone forever, and dentures are one of the only solutions. So, if you notice that your gums are swollen or bleeding, see a dentist immediately.
Loose and Shifting Teeth
You may notice that your teeth are shifting and you’re beginning to see a few gaps in between your teeth. This is a sign of bone loss resulting from periodontal disease, which can affect people without them even knowing it. If your teeth are loosening and shifting, extraction might be the only option.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.