We understand that things may look–and feel–bad when your oral health is compromised. You may have teeth that are loose. They may be discolored from decay or injury. Your mouth may feel unhealthy and you may have a constant bad taste in your mouth.
But no matter how bad things look, don’t give up until you’ve spoken with a skilled restorative dentist like Dr. Nelson Clements in Valdosta, GA. Dr. Clements may be able to save your teeth–and even if he can’t, restorative dentistry can return your smile to ideal beauty and function.
Gum Disease Can Be Treated
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the US. If you have gum disease, you might notice bad breath, bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth.
The cause of gum disease is bacteria infecting your gums around your teeth. Resolving gum disease is one of our first concerns, because it not only affects your teeth, it can affect your overall health and can undermine our efforts to save your smile.
Gum disease treatment is usually effective, and it can save your teeth. We may want to do additional procedures to reverse damage done by gum disease, too.
Infected Teeth Can Be Saved
If you have a tooth with a cavity where the entire tooth has become discolored, it’s likely that the tooth has become infected. This can often be quite painful, but it isn’t always.
Left untreated, an infected tooth can not only be lost, it can damage other teeth and potentially be dangerous, even deadly to you.
But if treated quickly, the tooth can be saved with a procedure called root canal therapy. You may think this is a scary procedure, but the truth is that with a modern root canal you’ll feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure your pain will be reduced, and soon it will go away completely. Plus you’ll have an attractive, functional tooth again that can go decades without needing any more than routine maintenance.
Your Smile Can Be Saved–Even if Your Teeth Can’t
But what if your gum disease or tooth infection has progressed to the point where your teeth can’t be saved? Is it too late to save your smile then?
Not at all. With modern dental technology, we can replace your lost teeth with dental implants. These look and function like natural teeth. No need to worry about loose, uncomfortable, and ineffective dentures.
Dental implants can be used if you’ve lost just one tooth, but even if you’ve lost all your teeth, Prettau implant dentures give you beautiful and durable replacements that will let you chew comfortably and smile confidently.
The Sooner You Act, the Better Your Chances
It’s never too late to save your smile, but the amount of restoration you need and the quality of your results can be affected by waiting. If you are concerned about the health and appearance of your smile, there’s no time like now to talk to a dentist. Please call (229) 242-5511 today for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements in Valdosta, GA.