The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
If you've noticed that your gums bleed when you brush or floss or that
they've shifted or are loose, you may have gum disease. Periodontal
(gum) disease is the principle cause of lost teeth, far outstripping the
losses attributed to simple decay. If you've been advised that you
require gum surgery, you will be pleased to discover that it's also
possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Medical research shows that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are
related. A threatening conclusion, since heart disease is routinely
fatal, which means properly treating gum disease is imperative to
maintaining your overall health. The American Dental Association
estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease.
These rampant numbers should cause gum disease to be treated as an
epidemic. But because tooth loss is not immediately life-threatening,
the severity of the disease has been overlooked for far too long.
However, those thought processes are changing.
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." In short, the bacteria that infect
your gums can pass right into your bloodstream and straight to your
Now the Good News
Most common dental insurance plans compensate for the treatment of gum
disease. While in some advanced and severe cases, surgery is still the
best course of action, there are now potent NON-surgical procedures
that, combined with improved dental hygiene, can cut off the spread of
What's So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
No matter how you lose a tooth – gum disease, decay, accident or some
other trauma, you should consider it a huge problem. Missing even one
tooth will allow your other teeth to become displaced, altering your
ability to chew and process nutrients from your food. You may undergo
weight loss, your facial appearance may shrink, or your speech patterns
Need a replacement? Dental implants offer the optimal way to restore a
missing tooth (or missing teeth). They appear so natural only your
dentist will know they're not your originals.
Have You Been Told You Need Gum Surgery?
Our practice utilizes an established laser technology that in many cases
makes traditional gum surgery unnecessary. This breakthrough treatment
actually regenerates bone lost through years of untreated periodontal
disease. In addition, our advanced laser system is nearly painless. The
laser is safe, effective, and FDA approved. While the procedure is
minimally invasive, the results have been staggering and might have been
considered impossible not too long ago. We have successfully treated
many cases of periodontal (gum) disease without gum surgery. Ask us if
this treatment is right for you!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile
back to health. Give us a call today at (281) 376-1214.