Gum disease, not decay, is the most frequent reason for missing teeth. Signs of infected gums are loose teeth and bleeding gums while flossing or brushing. Sometimes there are no significant signs until the problem is severely advanced. When treatment begins in the earlier stages, this problem can be halted by nonsurgical means. If you wait too long, surgery may be the only option.
A link between gum disease and life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke has been identified. Medical research has confirmed that the bacteria infecting gums travel in the bloodstream, affecting vital organs and adding to or playing a role in the development of these serious conditions.
The American Dental Association has provided statistics that state 8 out of 10 people in the United States have this gum problem at some level. Dentists are now more concerned about periodontal (gum) disease, as it can mean more than 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."
It is possible to avoid gum surgery and other health problems by having gum infection treated when the problem first starts. Nonsurgical methods are easier than having surgery, which may be your only option if the infection is severe. Together with better daily dental care at home, nonsurgical methods will halt the problem. Both methods are usually provided for by dental insurance plans.
Whatever the reason for losing a tooth, missing just one tooth can have an effect on your facial appearance and speech as well as your ability to chew and absorb the most nutrients from your food. Chewing properly helps in the digestive process, and having missing teeth does not allow you to chew your food as you should. Multiple missing teeth may cause you to choose softer, possibly less nutritious foods, which can result in unwanted weight gain.
Your face may take on a sunken look, both due to the spaces and the bone loss that begins as soon as teeth are lost. This may age your appearance. Spaces can also affect the way you talk, which can be an embarrassment.
We advise dental implants for missing teeth, whether they are in the front or back. They look natural and function perfectly. No one can tell they are not your natural teeth, and they will recapture a beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease (infection of the gums) is the number-one problem that causes the loss of teeth. Dr. Gentry uses a very effective antibiotic, ARESTIN™, that will kill the bacteria in the gums to allow them to return to a state of health. ARESTIN delivers the tiny microspheres of medication directly to the infected areas of the gums. It is time-released and works around the clock to remedy the problem. Even more impressive, it heals your gums without causing any pain.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (252) 764-2784.
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Cedar Point, NC 28584
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