The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Gum disease destroys more teeth than tooth decay! And it can go completely unnoticed right up until you lose your teeth. Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss and loose or shifting teeth. If you’ve been told you need gum surgery, you will be delighted to know that it’s now possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Many doctors have reached a startling conclusion based on recent medical research: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are linked. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it is clear that gum disease is a serious issue. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be considered an epidemic! Most dentists think it is just that. They also know that gum disease will never be labeled an epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all changed.
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that “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.” Periodontal disease is recognized as a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can move into the bloodstream – straight to the heart.
Now the Good News
Surgery is needed for the treatment of advanced periodontal disease. Gum surgery is never pleasant, but it is almost always successful in controlling the condition, and it’s normally covered by common insurance plans. With mild periodontal disease, there are extremely effective NON-surgical procedures which, coupled with improved dental hygiene, can virtually stop the spread of the disease. This, too, is normally covered under most dental insurance plans.
What’s So Terrible About Losing a Tooth?
Teeth may be lost in an accident or other trauma, but the main reason people lose a tooth is because of gum disease and/or decay. So, is it a big deal to lose a tooth? I mean you can’t die from it, right? No, you can’t, but losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to alter their positions – not good. This can affect chewing and your ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Other bad things can happen; your face will alter shape, often looking “sunken.” This can make you appear much older than you really are. Your speech can be affected. Because it’s harder to chew with missing teeth, you may find yourself favoring softer foods and more carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. The best way to treat a missing tooth (or missing teeth) is with dental implants. An implant can replace one tooth or many. They can be made to look so natural that even a dentist has to look closely to tell the difference.
Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly
The main cause for tooth loss is not decay – it's periodontal (gum) disease! Dr. Lindsten is pleased to offer his patients a powerful weapon in the battle against gum disease. It's called ARESTIN™. It comes in powder form and contains very tiny microspheres that are invisible to the naked eye. These microspheres deliver a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. The best part is that it's all painless!
Is Gum Surgery in Your Future?
With new laser treatment, maybe not! Our practice uses laser technology for the non-surgical treatment of gum disease, with outcomes that might have been considered impossible not too many years ago. The procedure is minimal and patient friendly, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. We have successfully treated many cases of periodontal (gum) disease without the need for gum surgery. We use an advanced dental laser to ensure your treatment is nearly painless. This laser is safe, effective, and FDA approved. This breakthrough process can actually regenerate bone lost through years of gum disease.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (815) 398-3900.