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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.

Please remember that you can often avoid gum disease by simply brushing and flossing your teeth. Similarly, you should remember to schedule an appointment with our team for checkups twice a year. If you do lose a tooth, please remember to have the issue addressed as quickly as possible. Our team can offer you a number of methods for correcting a missing tooth. 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 Eli Lawrence, DDS at 312-236-9895. Dr. Eli J. Lawrence 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.