Most people think the main cause of tooth loss is decay. But the number one reason is actually periodontal (gum) disease. Sometimes it is not detected until it reaches a chronic and severe stage. The usual symptoms are bleeding gums while brushing or flossing. The earlier the problem is taken care of, the less likely you'll be to have to face gum surgery. There are a variety of nonsurgical methods that are successful in controlling and halting the infection.
Medical research has produced evidence that shows gum disease can contribute to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dentists now consider infection of the gums to be a much more serious condition than just losing your teeth – it is now linked to life-threatening conditions! Even more astounding is the statistic released by the American Dental Association that estimates 8 out of 10 Americans have a bacterial infection of the gums. This high percentage is at national epidemic levels.
The bacteria spreading throughout the gums also travels in the bloodstream, affecting other organs and contributing to serious problems. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that "studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases."
Don't wait to come into our office to be treated for gum disease. At the very first signs, it is important to stop the spread of the bacteria. When the infection is in the milder stages, there are nonsurgical methods to take care of the problem. Waiting until the infection is advanced may mean surgery to return the gums to a healthy state. Both types of treatment are usually covered by most dental insurance plans.
Teeth can be lost from decay or injury as well as periodontal disease. It is important to know that missing even one tooth can cause other problems. Chewing with a full set of teeth ensures the most nutrients from your food. If you have many missing teeth, you may alter your diet and eat less healthy, softer foods to make chewing easier. Over time, your face will take on a sunken look, making you look older than your age. Speech can be affected as well, causing embarrassing moments.
We recommend dental implants to replace one or many missing teeth. They are permanent and will recapture a full smile and the ability to chew every type of food. They look so natural, no one, not even a dentist will be able to tell they are not your own teeth.
We can make your gums infection free with a powerful tool called ARESTIN™. Tiny microspheres containing antibiotics are applied directly to the site of infection and work around the clock to kill the bacteria and keep it from spreading. It does its work painlessly so you won't feel a thing, but your gums will return to a healthy state.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (603) 485-CARE.