Understanding the Most Frequent Cause of Tooth Loss
Most patients think that decay is the number one culprit in tooth loss. But gum disease is the most frequent reason. The signs of this infection are bleeding gums while brushing or flossing. A loose or shifting tooth can also be an indication of gum disease. We advise you to contact our office at these first symptoms. If you wait too long, gum surgery may be the only solution to save your teeth. In the more moderate stages, nonsurgical treatments work well.
How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Health
Medical researchers have concluded that gum infections are more serious than just possibly losing your teeth. The bacteria travel in your bloodstream and throughout your body. This can affect vital organs and contribute to serious heart conditions, stroke, and diabetes. Even more astounding is the fact released by the American Dental Association: an estimated 80% of the American population has gum disease at some level. Dentists are now more concerned about periodontal (gum) disease, as it can mean more than just losing your teeth!
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.”
Alternative Treatments to Surgery
If you wait until your gum infection is severe, surgery may be the only choice to halt this serious condition. Seeking treatment when the problem is still at a moderate level gives options of nonsurgical methods. When daily dental hygiene is improved and treatment begins, the infection can be stopped, and your gums will return to a healthy state. Both surgical and nonsurgical procedures are usually provided for in most dental health plans.
Reversing Gum Disease Painlessly
Our doctors can relieve your gum infections with a powerful antibiotic that does its work very effectively and without any pain. ARESTIN™ is a powder applied directly to the pockets between gums and teeth. The medication is time-released and not visible while it does its work. It takes care of the infection and lets your gums heal to keep your teeth intact. And patients have been very pleased that it takes care of the problem without any pain.
The Problems from Missing Teeth
Most people think the only problem with missing teeth is that they can detract from the appearance of your smile. But it is important to realize that even one missing tooth can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and your facial appearance. Depending on where your missing teeth are, chewing can become difficult. To ease the situation, people will start to eat softer, high-calorie foods that result in weight gain. And with fewer teeth in your dental arches, you absorb fewer nutrients from the food you eat. Embarrassment can result not just from an unattractive smile, but while speaking. Words are slurred and not pronounced clearly, which can make you lose some of your confidence in social and work interactions. As teeth also provide support for the muscles in your face, eventually, your face will start to sag and make you look older than you are. We recommend dental implants that can replace as many teeth as are missing. Whether they are in the front or back of your mouth, they will give you natural-looking, fully functioning teeth to alleviate all the problems associated with missing teeth.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (212) 752-1163.