It might surprise you to know that most tooth loss is from gum disease rather than decay. Gum disease is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. If you have bleeding gums while brushing and flossing or if a tooth is loose or starts shifting, please contact us immediately. Sometimes there are no symptoms until the condition is advanced and severe. The earlier the treatment, the easier it is to reverse the infection with nonsurgical means. If you wait too long, surgery may be the only option.
Medical research has demonstrated that periodontal (gum) disease can
affect your health in more serious ways than just losing your teeth. As the
bacteria from the gums travel in the bloodstream, they reach vital organs
and can contribute to the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These
are serious health concerns. Even more astonishing is the statistic released
by the American Dental Association that approximately 8 out of 10 Americans
have some level of gum disease. If this were any other disease, such as
tuberculosis or hepatitis, it would be regarded a national epidemic!
Dentists are even more concerned now about gum disease due to its
detrimental effects on overall health.
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."
Avoid surgery to correct this problem by seeking our attention and treatment at the beginning signs or symptoms. Waiting until the infection has become chronic may result in the need for gum surgery. Early treatment can remedy the problem with nonsurgical methods, together with improved daily dental hygiene as part of the therapy. Both types of treatment are often covered by dental insurance plans.
With the Cavitron™ Ultrasonic Scaler, we can now remove build-up of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline with little or no discomfort. This high-tech scaling instrument uses high-frequency vibrations to easily take off these harmful deposits. This helps to keep gum disease from developing or worsening, and you will be very pleased both with how clean your teeth feel and how much less scraping you need!
Don't think that missing a tooth is no big deal. There are various
complications that can result from just one lost tooth. The most important
function of your teeth is chewing. Missing teeth can mean getting fewer
nutrients from the food you consume. Difficulty chewing also may lead to
softer, less healthy food choices that can lead to gained weight. Speech can
also be altered as certain words are slurred or mispronounced. When teeth
are lost, bone deterioration occurs in the jaw, creating a "sunken" look
that may make you look older than you are.
We recommend dental implants for as many teeth as you have missing. They will let you chew every type of food, recapture a great smile, and return your confidence. They look so natural, no one will know they're not your original teeth.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (541) 485-6645.