The Reason for Most Tooth Loss
Many assume that most teeth are lost because of decay. But gum disease is the number one cause of missing teeth. Symptoms may or may not be present when an infection occurs. The most common sign is bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. When treated in the early stages, this infection can be corrected with nonsurgical means. Otherwise, surgery may be your only option if you wait too long for treatment.
Gum Disease Can Mean More Than Tooth Loss
As medical research has demonstrated, infection of the gums can contribute to serious health conditions like stroke, heart disease, or diabetes. Statistics provided by the American Dental Association indicate that 80% of the population has gum disease. Dentists consider this high percentage a national epidemic and a problem that can mean more than just losing your teeth!
The infection in the gums travels throughout your bloodstream, creating potential harm to vital organs. The American Academy of Periodontology reports, "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."
Easier Treatment for Gum Infections
At the first signs of inflamed and infected gums, it is important to come in for treatment. In the early stages, there are nonsurgical methods that work very well in halting the problem. If you wait too long, your only option may be surgery, which is most successful in correcting the condition. Generally, both types of procedures are covered under dental insurance.
Problems that Result from Missing Teeth
Missing even one tooth can cause other problems. Chewing is not as effective for obtaining nutrients from your food. Other teeth may start to become loose or shift, as well. Bone loss results after tooth loss, so your facial structure eventually becomes sunken, adding years to your appearance. Your speech may not be as clear. And weight gain often results, as softer, higher-calorie foods are chosen.
We recommend dental implants for any number of teeth that you have missing. They look natural and function just like real teeth. No one will ever know they are not yours – even a dentist will have a hard time telling the difference!
An Easy Way to Defeat Gum Disease
We are very pleased to offer a very effective method to eliminate gum disease. ARESTIN™ is a powerful, time-released antibiotic that delivers the medicine right to the site of infection. It kills the bacteria in the pockets of sensitive gum tissue and does its work invisibly and without any pain. Along with improved daily dental hygiene, gums 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 (773) 582-0035.