Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Unfortunately, Susie suffered from an insidious type of gum disease. Silently and painlessly, it slowly destroyed the bone around her teeth. This caused her teeth to shift. After some time, it became very bad for her health and appearance wise.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
A fact that surprises some people is that more teeth are lost because of gum disease or infections than from tooth decay. Susie, in fact, had so much bone loss that she had to have a bone graft on her jaw so a dental implant and a porcelain bridge could be inserted.
The main thrust in treating gum disease is to educate the patient. In Susie’s case, she never received effective instructions on the proper dental hygiene that could prevent gum disease. Once Dr. Muslin explained it to her, she took it to heart. Susie diligently applied what she learned. She stayed with it.
The doctor treated her with a thorough cleaning. He also gave her an antiseptic that kills the germs that hunker down in the most hard to reach infected pockets in the mouth.
Along with the studious application of the home care, Susie’s gum infection began to heal immediately. After just one month, the infection was radically reduced.
After the upper and lower teeth where the bone had been lost were extracted, Dr. Muslin did bone grafts on her jaw. This worked to fill in and even out her jaw. It would anchor the two dental bridges to the teeth on either side.
Although a dental implant also would have worked, Susie and the doctor selected porcelain dental bridges to replace the missing teeth on the upper and lower jaw. It was the least expensive and turned out to be the best approach for her situation.
Right after the bone graft was completed, temporary dental bridges were inserted. At that time, Susie was able to leave the office with straighter and whiter teeth. While temporary, the bridges were fixed so that she retained the full functionality of her mouth.
Overall, the six upper and six lower teeth were treated in the first phase. There is more work that needs to be done to get Susie to optimal dental health and a totally improved cosmetic appearance.
But for now, the gum infection was reversed and Susie had a natural white smile in a very short period of time.
Non-Surgical Mouth Reconstruction and Facelift Dentistry, Santa Monica, CA