Most teeth are lost because of gum disease. Gum disease is a very prevalent problem affecting the adult population. It can go unnoticed right up to the point of losing your teeth. Symptoms that do occur are bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. If detected and treated in the less severe stages, nonsurgical methods work very well to alleviate the problem. If the infection has been chronic and has advanced, surgery may be your only option.
There are even worse problems from advanced gum disease than just losing
your teeth. Medical research has proven the link between gum infection and
diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. As the American Dental Association has
estimated that 80% of Americans have periodontal disease at some level, this
problem is an epidemic! The bacteria living in the gum tissue travels
throughout the bloodstream, invading vital organs and affecting their state
As reported by the American Academy of Periodontology: "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."
At the first appearance of bleeding gums, come in to our office for evaluation for gum disease. If you continue to postpone treatment, your only solution may be surgery. With early treatment, there are a variety of easier procedures that are nonsurgical. Most insurance plans provide for both types of treatments.
There's more reason for concern than you may think – even with just one
missing tooth! Eventually, your surrounding teeth will start to shift and
loosen, changing your bite and putting other teeth at risk. Your chewing
isn't as it should be, which means you may not be obtaining as many
nutrients from your food as you should. You may start to eat softer,
higher-calorie foods that can result in weight gain. Missing teeth can be
unattractive and result in bone loss in your jaw, which will give you a
sunken, aged look.
We can take care of these problems by replacing one or many missing teeth with dental implants. They give you a beautiful smile and recapture all the functions of the originals – you will be able to eat any foods you like. They are so natural, no one will know they are not your real teeth.
As part of your best dental care, we urge all of our patients to have their teeth cleaned regularly by our hygienist. Even if you take meticulous care of your teeth, there are hard-to-reach places where plaque often forms. As it hardens into tartar, dental caries will occur. If left below the gumline, gum disease can result, with the possibility of losing your teeth if it's left for a prolonged period of time. Even worse, serious gum infections have an effect on heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis to stay healthy!
We use the latest advancements in dental technology to make every kind of treatment less time-consuming and easier for you. With laser treatment, you may not need to have gum surgery. It is considered nothing short of miraculous, as it can reverse gum infection to a healthy state. It is minimally invasive and virtually painless, FDA approved, safe, and overwhelmingly effective in most cases. Adding to its positive impact on your dental health, it can actually regenerate bone and bone density that has been minimized due to chronic gum disease.
Dr. Shoemaker is very pleased to provide alternatives to gum surgery. ARESTIN™ is one such option. It is an antibiotic powder that is applied directly to the site of infection in the spaces between teeth and pockets in the gums. The time-released medication works very effectively to kill the bacteria lingering in the inflamed gums. Amazingly, it does this painlessly!
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (812) 288-7135.