Decay is generally assumed to be the reason most teeth are lost, but the most common reason is gum disease. Bleeding gums from brushing or flossing and loose teeth are the most common signs of this problem. But sometimes there are no signs until the infection has reached a serious state. It is possible to halt the infection with nonsurgical means. At the first signs, don't delay in contacting us, as surgery may be the only option once the infection is advanced.
Medical research has connected gum disease to more serious health
conditions. A link has been identified between bacterial infection of the
gums and heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. These are life-threatening
conditions, and dentists now realize that gum disease is much more serious
than just losing your teeth. Even more astounding is the statistic
provided by the American Dental Association. Over three-quarters of the
American adult population has gum disease at some level. This should be
regarded as a national epidemic!
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." The bacteria in the gums travel throughout the bloodstream, potentially creating problems in life-sustaining parts of the body.
Gum surgery can be avoided if treatment is delivered in the earlier stages of the disease. There are options for nonsurgical procedures that are very effective in halting the problem. But if you wait until the problem is severe, surgery may be the only option. Both approaches are usually covered by dental insurance.
You may think losing a tooth is no big deal, but it can affect more than
just the appearance of a nice smile. Missing teeth do not let you absorb
as many nutrients from your food as you would get with a full set of
teeth. Chewing may become difficult if you have many missing teeth, and
softer, high-calorie foods may be substituted for healthier meal choices.
This often results in weight gain.
Your face may change shape due to bone loss, making you look older than you are. Without the stimulation of the teeth, jaw bone begins to deteriorate. Add the gaps from missing teeth, and your face becomes hollow or sunken-looking. Additionally, speech may be affected, causing embarrassing moments.
Dental implants are the best solutions for one or many missing teeth. They look just like natural teeth and function equally as well.
Our office uses a very effective antibiotic called Arestin™ that provides amazing results and does so painlessly! It is a powerful powder that contains microspheres of medicine that kills the bacteria in the gums. It is applied in the deep, infected pockets in the gums and works on a time-released basis to bring relief from the infection and inflammation.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (732) 901-1970.
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