Many people think that most teeth are lost due to decay. But the main reason is periodontal (gum) disease. The
symptoms are bleeding gums from brushing or flossing and also loose or shifting teeth. Sometimes there are no
signs of infected gums until it reaches an advanced stage.
When gum disease is treated in the early stages, there are nonsurgical options to take care of the problem; otherwise, surgery may be necessary if the condition is advanced.
Medical research has made a startling conclusion about gum disease: it can affect serious health conditions
like heart disease, diabetes, or stroke. Bacterial infection of the gums is now considered a more serious
problem than simply the possibility of losing your teeth.
Even more alarming is the statistic provided by The American Dental Association. They have estimated that 80% of the adult American population has gum disease at some level. Dentists now consider this oral problem an epidemic.
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.” The bacteria in the gums travel in the bloodstream to vital organs, having a potentially harmful effect on them.
When treatment for gum disease begins in the earlier stages, there are options of nonsurgical methods to halt the problem and return the gums to a healthy state when coupled with improved daily dental hygiene. When the infection is advanced, surgery may be the only option. Both surgical and nonsurgical approaches are covered by most insurance plans.
Yes! Even missing one tooth can cause other problems. When you chew your food without a full set of teeth, you
don’t absorb as many nutrients from your meal. Chewing can become difficult with multiple missing teeth, and
softer foods may be consumed more often. These are generally higher-calorie, less-nutritious foods that can
result in weight gain.
The teeth that are adjacent to missing teeth can loosen and start to shift. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, your face can start to have a hollowed appearance without the support of a full set of teeth and the bone loss that results in your jaw. Altered speech may embarrass you, as well.
We recommend dental implants to replace one or many missing teeth. They look very natural and function just like real teeth. No one will ever be able to tell they are not yours.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (713) 981-6055.