Although people assume tooth loss is mostly due to decay, the most common reason is periodontal (gum) disease. Treatment for infected gums needs to begin during the moderate stages; otherwise, teeth may not be able to be saved from a prolonged and severe infection. As pockets of bacteria accumulate in the gumline, bleeding from the gums will occur when brushing or flossing. The sooner you seek treatment, there are easier, nonsurgical treatments that will be effective to combat the problem. Otherwise, surgery may be necessary.
Medical research has arrived at the conclusion that gum disease plays a role
in serious conditions such as heart and lung problems, diabetes, and stroke.
As these conditions are potentially fatal, dentists now consider periodontal
disease a bigger problem than losing your teeth. Even more astounding is the
projection from the American Dental Association that 80% of Americans have
infected gums. The bacteria in the gums enter the bloodstream and travel to
other parts of the body, affecting vital organs as well.
The American Academy of Periodontology notes: "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."
You will be pleased to know there are other approaches than surgery to treat gum disease. We emphasize the importance of starting treatment in the early stages to avoid surgery and use nonsurgical means to halt the infection. Both types of treatment are generally allowed by dental insurance.
People seem to think there's no problem with having a few teeth missing. But
missing even one tooth can cause other problems. The adjacent teeth can
start to shift or become loose without the support of that tooth. Depending
on where the missing teeth are, your chewing may not be complete, meaning
you do not obtain as many nutrients as you would with a full set of teeth.
If chewing becomes too difficult, softer foods may be consumed more often.
Often these foods are higher in calories, less nutritious, and will result
in weight gain.
Appearance can be affected over time without all your teeth. The jaw and cheek areas do not have the necessary support and begin to sag, making you look older than you are. Pronunciation of certain words can be lisped, slurred, or simply embarrassing, as teeth play a role in having clear speech. Dental implants are an excellent replacement for missing teeth, whether they need to be inserted in the front or back of the mouth. They come up through the gums giving them the appearance of real teeth. They are very natural looking and blend in with your other teeth for a beautiful smile.
If you have been told you need gum surgery, there is an alternative approach
that will correct the problem. Today's laser technology is nearly a
miraculous solution with a less invasive approach that produces positive
results in most cases. We have treated many patients with our FDA-approved
laser, and they have been astonished that the treatment is virtually
painless as well as successful in returning the gums to a healthy state. As
an added plus, this process can regenerate some of the bone mass in the
dental arches that has been lost due to years of gum disease.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (619) 442-8841.