Most tooth loss is due to gum infections, not decay. It is the number one reason for absent teeth. Waiting too long before treatment begins can either mean tooth loss or the need for gum surgery. Symptoms are bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and loose teeth. With treatment in the early stages, nonsurgical methods can reverse the problem.
Medical research has now identified a link between infected gums and
serious health conditions with the heart and lungs, as well as stroke and
diabetes. The American Dental Association notes that nearly 80% of Americans
have gum disease at some stage. With this information, dentists consider
this to be a much more serious problem that exists at an epidemic level.
As the bacteria in the bloodstream circulate throughout the body, they reach vital organs and affect their functioning. 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."
Gum disease can be taken care of with nonsurgical means, if treatment begins when the infection is moderate. When the problem is severe, surgery may be the only option. Improved daily dental hygiene will help to stop the infection and keep it from re-occurring. Both methods are generally covered by most dental insurances.
What can happen when a tooth is lost and not replaced? Missing teeth can mean poorer nutrition, as your chewing capabilities are diminished, and you won't get as much out of your meals as you should. It also means your diet may change to favor easier to chew foods that are softer and higher-calorie and result in weight gain. Your face can take on an altered appearance as the cheek areas hollow out without the support of all your teeth. Speech can be altered depending on where you have missing teeth as pronunciation of certain words may not be clear. We offer dental implants for missing teeth, whether they are in the front or back of the mouth. They are implanted into the gums, giving a very lifelike appearance to your new teeth. They look so natural, not even a dentist will know they are not your own.
Gum disease is the main cause for tooth loss. Our doctors are excited to have a very effective antibiotic called ARESTIN™ that works around the clock to fight the infection and kill the bacteria. It is a powder with tiny microspheres that time-release the medication. It is applied directly to the infected pockets of gum tissue. You will be pleased with the results and glad to know ARESTIN does its work painlessly.
When the gum tissue begins to pull away from the tooth, referred to as
receding gums, many people feel it makes for an unattractive smile. Left
untreated, bone loss or exposure of the tooth root will occur. With
periodontitis (gum disease), the infection will cause holes in the bone that
supports the teeth. For both problems, we have a solution right here in our
Our in-house periodontist can address either problem. With connective tissue grafting, he can reposition the gums to cover the tooth roots of overly exposed teeth. For advanced gum disease, if osseous surgery is necessary, he can reshape the bone to boost proper healing and to close all the gaps between gum tissue and teeth.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (336) 342-0889.
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