Every week another patient comes into the office worried about loose teeth, long teeth, and gum, or periodontal, surgery. When a person gets a serious form of gum disease called periodontitis, the bone supporting the teeth gradually withers away. The bone loss can be irregular throughout the jawbone and can be episodic. Too much bone loss leads to gum abscess, loose teeth, space between the (especially front) teeth, and long looking teeth.
What scares some patients as much as tooth loss is the possibility of the “old time” solution! Many will come in tales of how some past time dentist “cut away “their gums leaving the teeth appearing long, and the roots sensitive . Modern techniques fortunately are increasingly geared toward regenerative techniques, sometimes even being capable of regenerating bone or the attachment of the gums to the teeth. Even better are the advances in conservative gum therapy where gum surgery is avoided completely!
What can be done if the damage has already been done and loose, long teeth with spaces and missing teeth remain? Cosmetic dentistry has advanced tremendously to close the spaces and cover the roots. Tooth lightening has become a science. Dental implants can be use to replace the lost teeth eliminating bridges, partials, and dentures.
Gibbs serves the communities of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Carol
Stream, Naperville, and Lisle. Addison, Elmhurst, Downers Grove,
Glendale Heights, West Chicago, Bloomingdale, Schaumberg, Wood Dale,
Westmont, Winfield, Villa Park, and the Chicago area. See the website
at SmileGlenEllyn.com for more information on dentistry and your health!