Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Many patients believe teeth are lost due to decay. But most cases are caused by gum disease.
Gum disease may not even be noticed until you’ve lost teeth. Surgery is usually required for
advanced stages of infection, but nonsurgical methods can arrest the infection if it’s caught
in the early stages. If you experience bleeding gums from brushing or flossing, or notice your
teeth are loose, please contact us immediately.
Gum Disease Impacts Your Overall Health
The American Dental Association estimates that 80% of adults in the United States have gum
disease. Dentists consider this an epidemic, but it is not labeled this way because it’s not
considered life threatening. But now many of those views have changed. Recent medical research
has connected chronically infected gums to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke,
and diabetes. Infections of the gums are able to travel through the body in the bloodstream and
impact other health issues.
The American Academy of Periodontology states, “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.”
Controlling Gum Disease
We want patients to know that if they experience any symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums or
loose teeth to call our office immediately. When treated in the early stages, nonsurgical procedures
can be more successful. Once gum disease has advanced, surgery is the treatment. Both procedures are
covered under most insurance plans.
Halt Gum Disease Painlessly
is pleased to offer ARESTIN™ to his patients. It battles the infection with invisible
microspheres. They release a time-sensitive antibiotic between the teeth and gums. ARESTIN then kills the
bacteria, and best of all, there is no pain involved.
If You Experience the Loss of a Tooth
Tooth loss has more of an impact on your health and appearance than you may know. Even one lost tooth can
cause other teeth to shift. This leads to difficulty chewing and absorbing nutrients from food. If chewing
becomes a struggle, softer foods with more calories may become favored, which often results in weight gain.
Missing teeth can also cause the face to take on a “sunken” look, giving you the appearance of being older
than you are. We recommend dental implants
to replace those missing teeth. They look natural and function
just like your normal teeth, and give you a functional, beautiful smile.
We can help you control gum disease and bring your smile back to full health. Give
us a call today at (708) 599-2929.