Gum disease: the root cause of tooth loss amongst adults

Jan 2014 gum disease

Tooth loss can have a severe impact on the health and appearance of your smile, not to mention your self-esteem and social interactions.

Recent studies revealed by the Academy of General Dentistry confirmed gum disease to be the largest cause of tooth loss amongst adults, ranking higher than oral trauma or disease.

Here at Dental Implant Solutions in Southport we can help restore your missing teeth to regain your bright smile, your confidence and to help improve your overall health.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease can occur at any age, but is most prevalent among adults. The normal bacteria found in our mouths, along with mucus and other particles, form a sticky, colourless plaque on our teeth. Brushing and flossing can help get rid of plaque; however, plaque that is not removed can harden, forming tartar, and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

The longer plaque and tartar are on our teeth, the more harmful they become as bacteria causes inflammation of the gums, known as “gingivitis”. If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to “periodontitis”, where the gums around the teeth become inflamed, caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar. If left untreated, the gums and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed and the teeth may eventually become loose, fall out, or have to be removed.

If you are suffering from the early stages of gum disease it is important to visit us here for treatment to reduce the risk of tooth loss. Below are a few early warning signs that can indicate the presence of gum disease:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Tender and bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums / longer appearing teeth

For those suffering from tooth loss, do not despair; Dental Implant Solutions in Southport can help restore your missing teeth to help regain your bright smile, your confidence and to help improve your overall health.

Dental Implants to the rescue

For those suffering from gum disease and have lost a tooth or more as a  a result, do not despair. Dental Implants can restore the look, feel and function of your natural teeth with prosthetics. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement that is typically made of titanium to replace teeth that are missing. A dental implant is secured in the jawbone and is not visible once it is surgically placed. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth that look and feel natural, just like your own teeth.

Dental Implants: A multitude of Benefits

There are several reasons why dental implants are often the first choice and standard of care compared to other options to restore missing teeth, including:


Dental implants allow you to once again smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth and smile look great. This restores your self-confidence and elevates your self-esteem.

Oral Functionality:

Missing teeth can severely inhibit your oral functionality, however; dental implants can restore the ability to chew, smile and talk more easily and comfortably.

Restoration of Facial Structure:

When you’re missing teeth, your face can have a concaved appearance which can make you look older. Dental implants can help rebuild your facial framework to its correct state.

Improvement in Oral Health:

When teeth are missing you become prone to developing gum disease and more susceptible to receding gums and bone loss. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can avoid these problems to improve your overall oral health.

How can Dr Sempf help me regain my smile, confidence and oral health?

Dr Sempf has been involved with dental implants on the Gold Coast for over 13 years. He has extensive experience in implant treatments, from single tooth implants through to full arch implant reconstructions. Over these years he has constantly pursued his special interest in dental implant surgery and treatment, and has gained further education to enhance his knowledge in this field. At your initial consultation Dr Sempf can guide you through all your available treatment options after conducting a full mouth assessment, and will work with you to determine which treatment option is most suitable for you and you’re your dental needs.

To discover more about dental implants, or to arrangement an appointment for an oral health evaluation please contact us.