Gum Disease Treatment Eugene OR

Gum Health

The Most Common Cause of Tooth LossGum Disease Treatment Eugene OR

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.

Gum Disease Has Been Linked to Serious Health Problems

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."

An Easier Way to Reverse Gum Disease

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.

Help Prevent Gum Disease the High-Tech Way

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!

A Missing Tooth Can Cause Other ProblemsPrevent Tooth Loss - Oral Health Care

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.

As we all grapple with the rapidly changing events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we at Butler Family Dental have been faced with some difficult decisions.

Our desire to keep our amazing team at work and to help our awesome patients maintain their oral health is now outweighed by the potential consequences of exposing anyone unnecessarily to this incredibly contagious virus.

With that in mind, we will be closed, effective immediately, except for emergencies until at least March 31.

This afternoon (3/16/2020,) we received further guidance from the American Dental Association that recommended we see emergency patients only for the next 3 weeks.

We hope to do our part in flattening the curve and prevent our healthcare facilities and those who work so hard to take care of the sick from becoming overwhelmed.

If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call and leave a message at (541) 485-6645 or email us at We will be in touch soon. Stay healthy.

Chris Butler
Butler Family Dental